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Timber Design Awards

Ardbeg – ‘Little Height’

Material selected was made based upon the existing context and the clients requirement to work with natural materials of character.

Material selected was made based upon the existing context and the clients requirement to work with natural materials of character. Durability and how the material(s) would age in relation to the context was important.

Contextually the site was nestled in amongst a reserve of Kauri trees alongside an existing residence with steep pitched roof and exposed interior roof structure and sarking, all if which have influenced the concept.

The built form references the existing steep pitched roofs asymmetrically pitching upwards and outwards toward the morning light and existing yard and deck spaces. Vertical battens lift with the roof to reflect the visual delight of the staggered kauri trees. The adopted amenity has replaced the use of the existing interior lounge spaces to provide improved connection to the outdoor environment.

The simple use of timber as a primary material for both structure and cladding represents the versatile nature of wood. Between the context of Kauri trees and presentation of ‘Ardbeg’ the occupant is reminded of the sustainable relationship.

Working with the one material primarily simplified the structural design, construction and demanded considered detailing. The aesthetic benefits are that it will only blend in with the natural environment as the structure ages.

The cost benefits are in the simplicity of working primarily with the one material.

Material Pellet: ardbeg – little height amongst the kauri.

Primary post / bean structure and decorative battens – Rosawa ( Fijian Teak)

Enclosed framing and grooved plywood ceiling – Radiata Pine

Cladding – Clear 6mm acrylic sheet.

Bi-folding Doors – Rosawa framed with clear acrylic sheet infill.