12 Year House

12 Year House

Irving Smith Architects
Nelson, New Zealand | View Map
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12 Year House

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12 years of getting ready and moving from farm to lifestyle.


Remarkably the design changed very little in the wait; it never was about fashion, more being a new kind of farmhouse, one with a lifestyle.


12 Year House embeds to a narrow stretch of good ground, sheltering into the rocky spur and rural landscape. It then laps a wool-shed screen over a concrete spine to shape, lengthen and articulate an open plan to different types of visual and physical connections. There’s views up, out and down; grass, sea and tide. There’s a front,middle and back; hill, paddock and scrub.

What to do today, no deer to attend.

“Go fishing, get some eggs, a swim, watch the tide, bottling, coffee... nothing? ”

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