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Lyttleton Studio Retreat

“Speartha Broidnithe Eadach” – The heavens embroidered cloths from the W.B Yeats poem ‘He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven’

“Speartha Broidnithe Eadach” – The heavens embroidered cloths from the W.B Yeats poem ‘He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven’

Drawing inspiration from the surrounding landscape, a landscape of continual changing color, texture and mood and a landscape that is sensationalized from the studio of 23b Walkers Road. Yeats descriptive of something so fantastical, which no one can ever own, was an appropriate salutation towards the encompassing beauty that is celebrated from each space on both levels of the plan, in particular when one is having a bath.

The primary carcass of the studio consists of plywood and LVL bearers, joists and rafters. Reused beams from the earthquake damaged Lyttelton Wharf were used on the car-parking platform, which acts as an inclined defensive wall against rocks from the hill above. Ceiling and walls of the lower storey are American Oak tongue and groove boards in alternating crown and quarter cuts. The walls and ceilings of the upper storey consist of steam-cured mahogany from Italy, crown cut on the walls and quarter cut on the ceilings respectively.