Ōamaru Natural Limestone: A unifying material
Despite having great character, an existing 1970’s Ōamaru Stone home was insular and had no visual or physical connection of the fantastic lake views directly over the adjoining lakeside reserve.
The clients considered pulling the house
down but as the house was well constructed with good materials and workmanship,
it was decided to develop upon the character of the existing house and to add
new living areas & master bedroom suite that could be a lot more
transparent to connect to the uninterrupted lake & mountain views while
allowing vistas through the building into private courtyards and landscaping.
Rooms of the existing house were quite
inward looking so these became the bedrooms, a media room, a study and services
spaces, while a new extensively glazed pavilion with living spaces was added to
the lake side of the home.
From this mix of old and new, a number of
themes were developed upon; Open / Enclosed; Day / Night; Summer / Winter ;
Formal / Informal.
Individual external spaces were created
with each of the internal spaces having its own outdoor court allowing users to
follow the sun, avoid the wind or to seek some privacy.
Adjustable cedar shutters slide along the verandas of the living spaces providing protection from the lower angled sun to the east and west while providing options for privacy. The dynamic screens are often left closed but with the shutters open to provide a dappled light and to frame different vistas at different times of the year.
Ceilings to new areas where either vaulted
to match parts of the existing house, or flat ceilings were kept at a high 3m
stud. This meant that mountain tops were not cut short and that a generous
volume was achieved.
Where there is extensive glazing, acoustic ceiling linings were utilised to stop reverberation and to create a calm acoustic space. Ōamaru stone acts as the common link between new and old sections of the house, as well as new landscape elements.
Ōamaru stone is also brought into the house, connecting the external cladding into the entry and link spaces and cladding both the interior and exterior of the chimneys.
Different techniques such as sawn or
bolstered faces and random widths were all utilised to celebrate the properties
of this unifying material.
Product: Mixed sawn faced Ōamaru stone and split faced Ōamaru stone
Colour palette: Hand chosen to match existing, Ivory
Architect: Chris Norman, Chaney and Norman
Photographer: Jamie Cobeldick
Builder: Iain Whyter Building