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* Architecture: Knoll Ridge Cafe by Harris Butt Architecture

Posted by the editors on Friday, 29 June 2012

Architecture:  Knoll Ridge Cafe by Harris Butt Architecture: “..This cafe by Harris Butt Architecture is perched on the edge of an active volcano in New Zealand’s oldest national park..located beside a ski resort, Knoll Ridge Cafe is built to withstand sub-zero temperatures, wind speeds of up to 125 miles per hour and heavy snowfall in the winter season..Despite its heavy-duty specification, the building had to be constructed from prefabricated modules light enough to be carried to the site and assembled by a helicopter..The base of the building is a system of concrete panels, while the angled roofs and glass curtain walls are supported by a chunky timber frame..Dining areas for up to 400 visitors occupy most of the ground floor level and spill out onto terraces that face down towards the foot of the mountain..”  Exceptional site, extensive glazing, magnificent views, natural light; extensive wood interior, with exterior wood cladding; materials sensibility..

image: Simon Devitt; article: Dezeen

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