Category: 2. Commercial Architectural Excellence
For the innovative use of timber resulting in a distinctive visual impact on a commercial, industrial, or public building environment.
Rafe Maclean Architects - www.rafemaclean.co.nz
Rippon Hall is a hosting venue for events, celebrations, daily wine tastings and wine sales.
Located in the center of Rippon Vineyard the hall acts as a sensory vessel of the land – through the dominant use of natural materials sourced from the land.
The main structure is stablised rammed earth using soil from the excavations of the site and locally source clay – with the timber roof structure and timber lining all larch (Larix deciduas) milled from a plantation on the vineyard.
The floors in the main hall space is recycled rimu with rubber packers under to give a bounce to the dance floor. The inter-storey floor is laminated 65mm macrocarpa with NZ Oregon beams under. Other floors include rammed earth and honed concrete in the kitchen area.
The larch trusses connect the roof to the floor and provide social nooks by dividing the long space up. The trusses include laminated larch for the curves.
Timber was used carefully used as a calming and warming contrast to the rammed earth and in-situ concrete – while adding a direct but subtle link to the terroir of Rippon.
Rippon Hall is heated through radiators by a ETA wood boiler using wood sourced from wilding pines on the property.