A holiday house for an extended family in Mt Martha- the design comprises 3 key elements; an elongated gable structure defining the open plan living areas, an adjoining low cuboid form housing bedrooms and utility areas, and a generous deck with slatted roof forming a wide verandah between the interior and the garden. Here the humble verandah/ sleep out of the early vernacular house is expressed as a key element, similar in width to the interior living space, it forms an exterior twin. In this way the living function of the house spills over into the garden seamlessly.
The client’s choice of charred ‘Yakisugi’ timber clads the linear forms which stretch along the length of the lot, creating a backdrop for native trees. The dark black timber is paired with the pale blond timber of the open living areas and deck.
Full height windows under the gable structure provide extensive views to the tree lined garden. The timber slats whilst providing shade from the Northern sun,weave shadows along the deck and entry, a response to the dappled ground under the trees.