Martinborough Home By Parsonson Architects

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An exterior shot of Martinborough House front view, showcasing its minimalist yet elegant and sophisticated design, in harmony with the expansive grasslands that surround it.

Architect: Parsonson Architects
Stage 1, 30 Courtenay Place
PO Field 11693
Tel: +64 4 384 2969
Fax: +64 4 384 2663
E-mail: [email protected]
Apply Profile: Parsonson Architects work predominantly on new residential initiatives. The agency has additionally designed condominium buildings and retail/business match outs.
Venture Group: Gerald Parsonson
Structural engineer: Clendon Burns and Park
Builder: D.R.Borman Restricted

  • Aluminium home windows Aluminium
  • Interiors Greytown Electrician
  • Francetemp Exterior plaster
  • Plaster FX Inside plaster
  • Duncan Smith Joiner Status
  • Joinery Portray Phil Carman
  • Adorning Plumber Watermart
  • Restricted Steelwork Progressive
  • Engineering


  • Flooring Kelly floated and sealed
  • slab Inside joinery lacquered
  • MDF; bluestone tops from
  • Branco Foremost exterior cladding
  • corrugated coloursteel Roofing
  • Butynol on ply Secondary
  • exterior cladding fibre cement
  • sheet Construction timber and
  • metal body

Time Schedule
Design and planning: 1 12 months, 7 months
Building: 1 12 months, 3 months
Website Dimension: 4.5 Hectares

A view of the Martinborough House roof, surrounded by tall trees.

A view of the Martinborough Home roof, surrounded by tall bushes.

An exterior view of the rear facade of Martinborough House, seamlessly integrated with the natural beauty of the vast grasslands that surround it.

An exterior view of the rear facade of Martinborough Home, seamlessly built-in with the pure fantastic thing about the huge grasslands that encompass it.

An exterior shot of the side view of the rear facade of Martinborough House, featuring its sleek and modern glass wall design, seamlessly blending in with the natural beauty of the surrounding vast grasslands.

An exterior shot of the aspect view of the rear facade of Martinborough Home, that includes its smooth and trendy glass wall design, seamlessly mixing in with the pure fantastic thing about the encompassing huge grasslands.

An exterior view of the alternate side of the rear facade of Martinborough House, illuminated by the warm hues of the setting sun.

An exterior view of the alternate aspect of the rear facade of Martinborough Home, illuminated by the nice and cozy hues of the setting solar.

An interior shot of the living room corner of Martinborough House, showcasing a comfortable couch with a picturesque view through a large glass wall, and an elegant vase in the center.

An inside shot of the lounge nook of Martinborough Home, showcasing a snug sofa with a picturesque view by way of a big glass wall, and a chic vase within the middle.

An interior view of a gallery hallway, featuring a prominent and striking artwork by renowned artist Bill Hammond at the far end.

An inside view of a gallery hallway, that includes a outstanding and hanging paintings by famend artist Invoice Hammond on the far finish.

An interior shot of the passageway connecting the den or library to the gallery, showcasing an array of artworks elegantly displayed along the walls

An inside shot of the passageway connecting the den or library to the gallery, showcasing an array of artworks elegantly displayed alongside the partitions

A shared image displaying the library and gallery, highlighting the smooth and effortless connection between the two spaces.

A shared picture displaying the library and gallery, highlighting the sleek and easy connection between the 2 areas.

An interior view of a dining area, encased in a large glass wall, offering a stunning panoramic view of the landscape at the front of the house.

An inside view of a eating space, encased in a big glass wall, providing a surprising panoramic view of the panorama on the entrance of the home.

An interior shot of the kitchen, highlighting its modern and uncluttered design, with sleek white cabinets on the walls, a variety of utensils and other culinary tools strategically placed to add a touch of elegance to the space.

An inside shot of the kitchen, highlighting its trendy and uncluttered design, with smooth white cupboards on the partitions, a wide range of utensils and different culinary instruments strategically positioned so as to add a contact of magnificence to the area.

A  photograph of an interior bathroom featuring a double vanity sink and a substantial mirror mounted on the wall.

A  {photograph} of an inside toilet that includes a double vainness sink and a considerable mirror mounted on the wall.

An artistic sketch of a Martinborough house.

An inventive sketch of a Martinborough home.

House plan of the Martinborough house.

Home plan of the Martinborough home.

WELLINGTONIANS FEEL THEY have the perfect of each worlds: a compact, energetic metropolis, and, on their doorstep, a countryside of many different landscapes. In an hour, they’ll attain websites that might be from some Mediterranean hinterland (effectively, that’s a little bit of a stretch), or Nepalese hillside (that’s extra prefer it), and even the expansive grasslands of Argentina (minus the gauchos). To have a possibility to create a constructing in any of those settings is a consumer’s, and an architect’s dream.

A Wairarapa rural block was at hand, and a quick drawn up: Create a home that engages with the panorama by permitting it to circulation proper as much as and into the home. Does this allude to the heritage of the agricultural shed? Maybe. Anyway, the temporary was given to Gerald Parsonson, which meant that if a ‘shed’ was the purpose, it will certainly be elegant.

The location for this new home is close to Martinborough, a nice hour or so’s drive (the Rimutaka Hill however) from Wellington. Like several property in any rural district wherever, it’s straightforward to seek out – for an area: “Simply observe the highway previous the useless tree on the left and it’s straight forward of you three miles previous Johnno’s home”. However the journey and its impromptu detours are value it.

One drives all the way down to the home to be confronted by the “wall”. It’s, certainly, a form of rural shed wall, with a verandahed entry. Seen over the wall are some Lutyenesque chimneys. As soon as in the home, the customer is guided right into a top-lit entry corridor.

Neither overly grand nor too private, the corridor is a high-studded transitional area between the surface and the calm of the inside. The entry corridor doubles as a gallery area. In its proportions and with its pure gentle, clear wall area, and freedom from distracting components the gallery, in contrast to many areas developed for the unique goal of viewing artwork, is eminently appropriate and usable.

This area types a central a part of the home, particularly when guests come to remain. It acts as a buffer to the residing areas whereas doubling up as a eating room for bigger household gatherings at Christmas and different particular events. From the entry gallery the motion is thru the home in the direction of the view that awaits on the entrance of the home.

(As with many homes of this style the ‘entrance’, to the constructing’s homeowners, means the world the place you spend your day; guests usually tend to establish the ‘entrance’ with the entry door.) On the entrance of the home, the gallery is turned inside out. The agricultural panorama and its vistas change into the artworks hanging in full view.

The varied practical rooms of the home have been fastidiously composed with views in thoughts. Climate and indoor/out of doors circulation have been essential design issues. The traditional Gerald Parsonson eaves have been used to filter the sunshine whereas sustaining a excessive stage of ambient pure lighting all through.

The eaves additionally play their half in the home’s nocturnal drama, permitting flattering gentle to mirror from the soffits. By the usage of a intelligent structural answer, and greater than seven tonnes of metal, the roof seems to drift effortlessly over the constructing it protects. The rooms are completed with a modernist color palette: white partitions, pure timber, concrete flooring, and darkish cladding to the surface.

This traditional materiality gives a readability on the interiors, and a backdrop of fresh surfaces whose atmosphere adjustments because the solar strikes and climate varies. Shadows play dramatically throughout the partitions and flooring, giving the home an energetic really feel. As lighting situations change over the day, so the area is remodeled, permitting inhabitants to make use of the rooms in numerous methods.

The residing areas are fastidiously organized to have the kitchen because the central focus. Though the kitchen is definitely accessed it may be closed off ought to critical cooking focus be required. As the home’s centre of gravity, the kitchen gives a degree from which different practical areas can lengthen.

The primary bed room is sited to the north and the selfcontained visitor rooms to the south. This deployment gives friends privateness and a few independence. Between the primary bed room and the visitor quarters the assembly areas and lounge, eating and residing areas are clustered across the kitchen.

The home is designed to be of its panorama. The tall chimneys are in applicable scale when considered from across the web site, with its surrounding tall bushes. It was additionally the intention of the shoppers that important landscaping be carried out to boost the property and complement the structure of the home. Particularly, the entrance or residing aspect of the home which opens onto the positioning is to be fastidiously built-in with planting.

Transferring round the home it’s clear that when the landscaping has change into established microclimates with intimate areas will evolve. The landscaping scheme will be certain that the agricultural panorama within the foreground and the distant hill vistas past change into framed views from the home. In sum, it is a home of simplicity and class, and its high quality has been acknowledged by the NZIA which gave it a New Zealand Award for Structure in 2006.

I wish to go to the home once more in ten years’ time. By then, the home, with its assured association of indoor/out of doors areas – a trope a lot admired in New Zealand however not often achieved on this scale – could have settled comfortably (however not complacently) into its panorama. 

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