fearon hay architects: brancott estate heritage centre
fearon hay architects: brancott estate heritage centre fearon hay architects: brancott estate heritage centre
jul 27, 2012

fearon hay architects: brancott estate heritage centre

‘brancott estate heritage centre’ by fearon hay architects, marlborough, new zealand
image © patrick reynolds
all images courtesy of fearon hay architects



auckland-based firm fearon hay architects has completed the ‘brancott estate heritage centre’ responsible for the famed sauvignon
blanc of marlborough, new zealand. dining and tasting facilities as well as hosting and meeting spaces are subtly housed under a
cantilevered blackened steel roof filled with local gravel from the surrounding landscape and footprint excavation. from above,
the embedded structure and canopy extend the contours of the site using the same materials, unobtrusive to its natural context.
from the vast vineyards below, a minimal horizontal plane seems to grow out of the hillside to observe the delicate wine-producing
ecosystem that provide the appropriate amount of shading in the summer and allow daylight to reach every interior volume.


a sandblasted concrete foundation and walls envelope in the earth provide superior insulation with integrated cross ventilation features
and a stormwater harvesting system, to impact the valued terrain as little as possible. glass panels framed by thin metal members
wrap around the north and east elevations allowing constant unobstructed views to the scenery. the linear floor plan creates a sequence
through the program, from the earth-sunken private functions to the elevated exterior public areas.



view form the vineyard





structure embedded into the landscape



gravel roof overlooking vineyard



roof detail



dining area



private meeting room



(left) roof end detail
(right) interior tasting room



view form the kitchen






terrace overlooking the landscape



site plan



floor plan / level 0











project info:



architect: fearon hay architects
soft fit out / interior collaborator: penny hay ltd. [pennyhay.com/]
location: marlborough, new zealand
constructed area: 415sqm
completed: 2011

  • Reminds me of when you meet an unfortunately mismatched couple, in this case a site and its building. This building is all about roof, an idea capable of generating a building that could have been equal to the site; it isn’t.
    Some ideas are like holding a tiger by the tail…

    Chaszr says:

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