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
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.
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.
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.