Project: Drift Bay House
Architects: Kerr Ritchie Architects
Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Area: 3,013 sq ft
Photographs by: Courtesy of Kerr Ritchie Architects
Drift Bay House by Kerr Ritchie Architects
The Drift Bay House that sits along the alpine Lake Wakatipu outside of Queenstown, New Zealand is a luxurious modern home designed by Kerr Ritchie Architects for themselves and their children.
The main purpose of this 3,000 square feet dwelling is to be a family lake house where modern living will be strongly connected to the miraculous natural beauty that surrounds the residence.
This family home was designed as a single fluid form that reclines into the sloping landscape on the edge of Lake Wakatipu. The long black form shifts and expands to suit the sun, the occupants’ needs and the site.
The entry is through a hole punched in the middle creating a courtyard. This allows visitors to enter either the family home to the north or the studio/guest wing to the south. The main house pulls away from an eastern bank, to provide courtyards sheltered from the prevailing wind and summer sun. It then expands upwards to form a double level maximising the northern sun. The house rises up again to the studio, at the tail, before snaking back towards the sun and the north.
The roof and walls of the house are primarily clad in black steel. However, where the occupants move in and out of the house, to the north, south elevations and the entry, the steel is replaced with softer timber boards.
The interior is intended to have the resilience of an institutional building. Robust concrete floors to collect the sun, profiled insitu concrete walls and Strandboard are softened with a shiny plastic glowing screen wall and plastic light fittings. Space shifts, as well as form, up and down to create spaces that move from snug to lofty and back again.
–Kerr Ritchie Architects
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