This sprawling residential complex in New Zealand, clad in stone and filigree-timber skin, comprises two pavilions positioned around a courtyard. Herbst Architects extended the existing house by adding two pavilions and transformed the house into a beautiful compound with a swimming pool, tennis court and utilitarian spaces such as a garage, storage room and office space.
The aim of the project was to create a dynamic relationship between the old structure, clad in stone and topped with a hipped corrugated iron roof, and the new addition. By contrasting the form and materials of the existing house and the new flat-roofed pavilions, the architects introduced a tension that enters into a dialogue with the natural surroundings.
Two walkways are daylit connections between the garage pavilion and the house, framing and pixelating the views with timber screens. The timber skin of the garage pavilion is sandwiched between a concrete floor and roof slab, with steel posts pinning the slabs apart. Gabion walls dominate the landscaping and demarcate the new pavilions from the house.
Photos by Lance Herbst and Simon Devitt