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- Architect MontyFairview
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The task asked for a studio/retreat to be dropped into the mountains of New Zealands far south. Building in such a pristine and isolated setting in most cases demands a certain subtlety to a structure’s presence: hiding from view altogether, blending to surroundings in colour and material, or shrinking to a dissolvable scale.
I found the dishonesty of this attitude to architecture frustrating: designing as if your building isnt there so not to tarnish your site’s beauty. In response, my project was about a construction clearly embedded, quite literally, in site, with a materiality overtly clashing bluntly in contrast to its context.
Folding up with the mountains around but in tarmac, glass and timber, with an exterior that takes a beating, walked over, nested in and snowed on, covering a polished and bare interior. The form has been generated from postcard money shots of the surrounding fiords, heightfield data extracted, then reduced to a buildable triangulated single surface that has been trimmed into site
The Danish bar stools were originally produced in the mid 1950s and are the first to be released in Workspace’s new 'Origin’s Collection'.