A modest family home nestled amongst the foothills of the Port Hills in Heathcote Valley, Christchurch. This project was a rebuild option for clients who were keen to stay within their community after the 2011 earthquakes.

Project Name: Bridle Path House
Studio Name:
Borrmeister Architects Ltd
Project size: 196 m2
Completion date: 2016
Building levels: 2
Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Photography: Borrmeister Architects ltd

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Exterior View ©Borrmeister Architects ltd

The house, like the section, is naturally orientated towards the valley and features a longitudinal stretch of windows offering magnificent views across the valley and an intimacy with the surrounding landscape.

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View of Kitchen ©Borrmeister Architects ltd

The band of sliding doors below opens onto an expansive deck – blurring the boundary between man-made house and the natural surroundings. The northern ‘glass house’ end of the house sits under generous overhanging eaves giving an illusion of the house disappearing into the trees beyond.

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Dining Space ©Borrmeister Architects ltd

A double height space is located behind a portion of the ‘glass house’ allowing natural daylight to filter into the first floor common areas. The house is a good example of what can be achieved on a modest budget and well thought-out economical design.


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