Longbush House, Gisborne
This house, conceived as a building in a landscape (120Ha of steep river valley / native bush land 10 minutes from Gisborne), lies at the centre of a 15 year regeneration project focused on the protection of native plants and birds.
Construction combines a Hebel block
solid enclosing wall to the south, incorporating small steel windows, and a
more open face to the north featuring large timber windows to capture sun and
panoramic views of the wider landscape. The single-pitch roof projects forward to provide summer shade.
Key design determinants were views up
the valleys to the north and west. The
two building elements lie east-west to maximise solar gain, and the north face
features sliding timber doors opening onto a timber deck and concrete terrace.
The upper level incorporates a bath-room, two sleeping areas and storage space.
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