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March 2, 2022

Dramatic promontories of schist and pale clay are naturally occurring wonders in Earnscleugh, Central Otago. Peppered with pine trees and poplars, the area has a unique and striking scenery, unlike any other in the country.

“This is an incredibly special site, located at the top of the Earnscleugh River Valley, hard up against an area of outstanding natural landscape where the schist is scattered in promontories across the site,” says Matt Jeffery of Johnston Architects, who was engaged by the clients to create a serene retreat, where they could entertain and accommodate family and friends.

A limited palette of robust, low maintenance materials was selected to clad the exterior of the building including exposed structural steel, reverse-run profiled metal cladding, hardwood decking and large expanses of glass. Dark, recessive colours help integrate the structure into the environment, with local stone used strategically to clad the large vertical chimney, retaining and various other walls to further anchor the structure into the landscape.

Videography by Paul Brandon Films.
Video in association with Audi NZ.

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