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Bannockburn House

YEAR

2023

LOCATION

Bannockburn

PHOTOS

Renders by Condon Scott Architects

Located in Bannockburn in Central Otago, this small, historic township has views over the arid, rocky hillsides that surround the valley and is shaped by the gold-mining era that came before. Now heavily utilised as wine-making country, Bannockburn produces world-class pinot noir from a series of boutique vineyards that are dotted throughout the valley.

This expansive, high end home serves as a luxury retreat for a couple in their retirement and has been thoughtfully designed to take this unique location into careful consideration. The exterior material selection cites the surrounding landscape, with a combination of stacked schist and cedar cladding, and black steel fascias.

The design is a composition of horizontal planes, giving a classic, yet modern-style appearance to the home. The stepped, terraced form of the roofline is visually anchored by heavy schist walls to create a sense of solidity and purpose, while providing deep eaves to protect from long sunshine hours.

The interiors continue the contemporary and linear. The schist and timber palette is carried through from the exterior, with punctuations of sleek marble and black steel. High ceilings with overhead glazing offset the warmer tones of the wooden panelling and flooring and provide a light, airy feel to the living spaces.