Brendon Gordon Architects

Karl Residence
The Karl Residence sits proudly on a Havelock North hill above the Black Barn Winery and Restaurant. With its dark vertical cedar cladding it nestles into the hillside, and the full power of its design isn’t revealed until close to home.

The judges said of the house: ‘This bold formal response standing on high ground is well enclosed and sheltered.  The plinth element successfully unites interior and exterior spaces.’

Simple and elegant, it is a response to a special site, says architect Brendon Gordon. “On a clear day you can see Ruapehu to the west and all the way down to Napier and out to the bay. It is a pretty special site.”

The grape vines in the surrounding landscape are echoed in the repetition of the expressed laminated timber post and beam structure. A nod to Richard Neutra.

The design emphasises separation between public and private spaces - as the spaces around the building are equally as important as the spaces within.