Loxton Gables - Hurley Architects | ArchiPro

Loxton Gables

Flanked by native bush on one side this house is oriented to take full advantage of the rural aspect of the site, with the pool and generous living areas facing north. The design pivots around an existing protected puriri tree that has become a grounding feature of the home, with gallery spaces looking out to the up lit tree.  

The entry is through the central pavilion which opens to the main living spaces of the house with a vaulted cedar ceiling above. High windows within this ceiling create vistas through to the sky and of the Puriri Tree to the South. The three cladding materials each contribute differently to the perception of the house; cedar is used throughout both the interior and exterior of the house providing a measure of warmth contributing towards the relaxed atmosphere enjoyed within whereas the schist provides a sense of permanence and retreat. In contrast the white integra helps to simplify the exterior and turns the focus towards the elements clad in cedar and schist. Although the gabled roof forms are reminiscent of a traditional rural aesthetic, the central gable may be conceived as a contemporary take on the form and artfully mixes old and new. Throughout the house thoughtful detailing continues this play between the traditional and contemporary which results in a house which has all of the benefits of high tech home automation while retaining the relaxed atmosphere reminiscent of the traditional farmhouse.

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