K Valley House by Herbst Architects

Herbst Architects has designed a retreat called K Valley House for a couple working in the film industry. Set on the 20-hectare (49.4-acre) site in the Kauaeranga Valley in Coromandel, New Zealand, the home measures 178m² (1,916ft²). The building completed in 2015 is clad in rusted corrugated iron sheets and made mostly of recycled materials and fittings.

The clients brief called for a response which engaged with the site in both a filmic as well as practical way, they live a life of self-sufficiency while on the land, including growing, animal husbandry and butchery. The clients spoke of materials that have a patina of age, of sustainability, of recycling and adaptive re-use, of provenance of materials.

Our response was to concentrate the small mass of building that the brief determined into a singular geometric form that could hold its own in the big landscape. We positioned the form straddling the ridgeline, engaged with the slope at the high end and floating above the land as it falls away. Drawing from the vernacular of rusty corrugated iron sheds prevalent in the district, we clad the form in a rainscreen of rusted corrugated iron sheets, a rural camouflage of sorts.

— Herbst Architects



Photographs by Lance Herbst - Patrick Reynolds
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