crosson architects tops new zealand house with strategically placed light-wells
 

crosson architects tops new zealand house with strategically placed light-wells

crosson architects has completed ‘light mine’ house in kuaotunu, new zealand, with a series of strategically placed light-wells that bring ‘sunshine and starlight’ into the interior. the design draws from the mine shafts of the long-abandoned gold mines of the area, boasting strong sculptural forms that establish the home’s distinctive identity. inverting the logic of those mine shafts, the light-wells extend toward the sky as opposed to the earth, creating a dramatic atmosphere inside that changes according to the sun’s movement. crosson architects tops new zealand house with strategically placed light-wellsall images by simon devitt

 

 

crosson architects has set the sculptural residence on a seafront lot in new zealand’s kuaotunu, a coastal historical town known for its now-abandoned gold mines. referencing the mine shafts of those mines, the architecture of the house comprises a series of smaller volumes topped with strategically placed light-wells of varying heights. the different volumes of the project ‘step’ forward and backward, mapping, together with the light-wells, the movement of the sun throughout the day.

crosson architects tops new zealand house with strategically placed light-wells

 

 

the house comprises a relaxed and loose plan, appropriate for retreat, whose different parts are able to either be lived privately and independently or opened up to connect together and enliven the outdoor space between. exterior decks at the front and back of the buildings allow spatial extension into the landscape, while deep overhangs provide protection from the summer sun and entry of winter light. crosson architects has clad all volumes in reclaimed totara wood from a swamp, reused as a rainscreen. this wood, imbued with the colours of the coast, elegantly contrasts the rich and highly crafted light timber interior.

crosson architects tops new zealand house with strategically placed light-wells crosson architects tops new zealand house with strategically placed light-wells crosson architects tops new zealand house with strategically placed light-wells crosson architects tops new zealand house with strategically placed light-wells crosson architects tops new zealand house with strategically placed light-wells crosson architects tops new zealand house with strategically placed light-wells crosson architects tops new zealand house with strategically placed light-wells crosson architects tops new zealand house with strategically placed light-wells crosson architects tops new zealand house with strategically placed light-wells crosson architects tops new zealand house with strategically placed light-wells

 

project info:

 

 

name: light mine

architect: crosson architects

location: kuaotunu, new zealand

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