New Aesthetic from Old Materials
A house can be likened to a piece of sculpture. Although a sculpture has no utilitarian use, except as a decorative piece to complement a vision, it still has value because of the pleasure and satisfaction it gives the owner and the viewer just by looking at it. A house, on the other hand, is likewise a work of art that plays an important role in our life. It provides us shelter and a home, protection from the elements, and a place to do our daily activities.
Just like an artwork that uses unconventional materials – like recycled and reclaimed items, found objects, and discarded materials- a house, too, can be designed along that line. And when done by an architect with a vision and an exceptional eye for beauty – like seeing beauty in ordinary things which somehow eludes the rest of us – the result can only be astounding.
A fitting example is the K House located in New Zealand, and designed by Herbst Architects. It is the recipient of the Home of the Year Award 2016 by Home magazine. This exceptionally designed house that uses recycled and reclaimed materials – more prominent of which are the rusty corrugated sheets used as exterior wall cladding – and strong geometric design, fits well with its surroundings providing appealing contrast to the cool colors and undulating lines of its natural surroundings. So take a look at the photos below, and tell us what you think on our Facebook Page!
The clients are a couple, a director and director of photography in the film industry, their jobs involve them filming on location for stretches of time. This house is the space to which they retreat between filming.
The site is 20 hectares of farmland on the Kauaeranga river in the valley of the same name, it stretches from high on the hillside to the river banks and includes a ridgeline which commands a panoramic view of the farmland below and the native bush on the opposite slopes of the valley.
. . . Drawing from the vernacular of rusty corrugated iron sheds prevalent in the district, we clad the form in a rainscreen of rusted corrugated sheets, a rural camouflage of sorts.
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