Bramasole is a property built on a site that was previously a market garden with shelterbelts forming large outdoor rooms. Located in Waimauku, New Zealand, the project was designed by Herbst Architects in 2016.
The house has 3 positive elements with negative spaces between. These positive elements house the Lania, the garage and the bedrooms. They are articulated as simple box forms with weathered timber planked skins referencing agrarian crates. The giant crates form the edges to the negative spaces and frame views of the site.
The primary negative space is the living room pavilion situated between the Lania and bedroom box. A floating roof caps the living room tipping up toward the south light and allowing a view of the tree top foliage. It is intended that the expansive roof gives the building a scale appropriate to the scale of the land.
The living pavilion extends west to form a terrace and east to trap a sheltered courtyard with tree and water feature. To the north a large sun terrace.
The house is elevated on a blockwork plinth to lift it out of the potentially soggy homogeneous land. This height allows the boxes to float, gives the occupants a view over the vineyards and brings them closer to the eye height of the horseman.
The plinth, intersected and edged by the gabions serves to blind the positive and negative spaces.
— Herbst Architects
Photographs by Lance Herbst, Patrick Reynolds
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