Black Quail House by Bergendy Cooke in New Zealand

Project: Black Quail House
Architects: Bergendy Cooke
Location: New Zealand
Area: 3,875 sf
Photographs by: Courtesy of Bergendy Cooke

Black Quail House by Bergendy Cooke

Bergendy Cooke has completed the Black Quail house located within a historic mining area of New Zealand. The beauty of this modern dwelling lies in its intimate connection with the breathtaking natural landscapes that surround it. Its 3,785 square feet of interior spaces are designed to make the most out of this natural blessing that is everywhere around this dwelling.

On a site dotted with wild thyme and rosehip, and located within historic mining tailings in a craggy, dry and at times inhospitable landscape, this house needed protection from the elements without hiding from its extraordinary surroundings.

With this in mind, we wedged the house into the hillside (like the former stone miner’s huts still visible further up the valley) and opened up views to the river below and to the family’s vineyard above.

A courtyard located to the south of the main living area has dictated a typically orthogonal floor plan, offering an essential, secondary, protected exterior area and an opportunity to grow a lush garden, directly contrasting the harsh environment outside. Smaller courtyards to the east and west offer varying extended living scenarios and enhance the transparency throughout the building.

Inspired by the rocky terrain, precast concrete walls have been chosen as the main form of wall construction. A gently sloped roof covered with shingle from the site accentuates the idea that the house is firmly embedded in the landscape. Stone from the site interspersed with precast concrete creates the outlying walls. Weathered steel cladding around the entry and garage make up the exterior palette, while the interior wood paneling and wooden joinery items offer a warmer contrast to the robust exterior.

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Tags: Bergendy Cooke, Black Quail House, compact, contemporary, exterior, interior, modern, nature, New Zealand, small, tiny

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