* Architecture: Brancott Estate Heritage Centre by Fearon Hay Architects
Posted by the editors on Friday, 27 July 2012
Architecture: Brancott Estate Heritage Centre by 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..”
See our post on a home by Fearon Hay Architects: Residential Architecture: Island Retreat by Fearon Hay Architects with Penny Hay.
image: © patrick reynolds,courtesy of fearon hay architects; article: Designboom