Category: 5. Interior Innovation
For innovative use of wood or a wood panel product as a signature feature, in a predominantly wood building, adding ambience, flair and practicality.
Paul Rolfe Architects in association with Tonkin Zulaihka Greer Architects - www.paulrolfearchitects.co.nz
Shack II is a rural guesthouse overlooking the landscape of the Wairau river alluvial plane on the Cloudy Bay Estate, near Blenheim in New Zealand.
The buildings concrete plinth, naturally weathering steel, timber and ply exterior recalls the simple sculptural forms of the rural architecture of the area while creating a relaxed, warm and understated luxury within for its guests.
The interior is predominantly lined with NZ pine plywood and timber. At the ground floor, the corridors are lined with angled timber blades to conceal the iconic view before arrival in the entertaining area.
Upstairs, each one of the bedrooms enjoys the broad sweep of panorama - the mountains, the plains, and the vines, all melding to evoke the nature of the Cloudy Bay estate. Operable cedar battened screens allow guests to choose privacy or view modifying the sculptural quality of the building both internally and externally in the process.
New Zealand pine, sustainable and locally sourced, was selected to represent the ‘new world’ that Cloudy Bay and NZ have become in the world wine market. A light, fresh and clean alternative to the ‘old world’ of the French chateaus with their dark wood paneling.
Paul Rolfe Architects in association with Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects.