Awaroa Masterclass Stutchbury & Leplastrier

Peter Stutchbury & Richard Leplastrier ran the Awaroa Masterclass this past week (2014). Amongst vast landscapes majorly empty of human affects we talked about how to approach the land from an occupation standpoint - who lived here before? What could our relationship to the space be if we were free of only considering our needs? What shadows are already cast...all the things that might predict the treatment of a potential dwelling.

One building in the area has nails hammered into the wall - the occupants son is an artist and so when they re-roofed the house he took the giant rusted nails and drove them, shallow so as to cast shadows, into the side of the house. The shape he formed is insect in nature.

Richard Leplastrier | Peter Stutchbury | Geoff Richards

Richard Leplastrier | Peter Stutchbury | Geoff Richards

Three Houses, One Plot (of residential land)

There are three houses on this one site. They’re stand alone houses in a residential area with medium density development. All three houses relate to each other in terms of form and material. They express themselves by way of their interesting 3 dimensional facades. Each house is made with cedar and bagged brick. The landscaping is integral to the function of these properties; the land is developed so that there is no need for fences or walls between the three buildings.

There are three houses on this one site.

They’re stand alone houses in a residential area with medium density development.

All three houses relate to each other in terms of form and material.

They express themselves by way of their interesting 3 dimensional facades.

Each house is made with cedar and bagged brick.

The landscaping is integral to the function of these properties; the land is developed so that there is no need for fences or walls between the three buildings.

From the outside in

This site is large; filled with regenerating native bush and archeologically important portions, it is inherently filled with rather interesting restrictions.

Vantage>> Overlooking the Hauraki Gulf

The restrictions we mentioned result in a long limb of the house stretching from the East to the West and a portion that runs towards the North.

Strong shapes on the Southern aspect >> Wide overhanging roofs provide shelter on the Northern.

The house opens up to view the canopy of regenerating native bush and to catch the morning sun.

Inside is filled with light: open to the Gulf, it makes the most of that extraordinary view and the view of the greenery.