The Homestead — Mt Cardrona Station

Central Otago

The Homestead is the formal point to the community, it creates a heart and establishes a source of place. 

It is a contemporary building yet evokes the high-country buildings unique to the Southern Alps of New Zealand.

Long low forms set in the hillside. Rather than fight with the landscape, how do we emphasize it? The landscape is vertical and organic, yet the building is horizontal and geometric.

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Views are seen in all 360 degrees from the site. The view shaft across the tarn and down the valley is important as it contrasts the view up into the mountains.
The challenge was to capture the essence yesterday with the needs of today and into the future.
A key design consideration was how will the building function initially while the community is developing, and how will it function in the long run?

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