Seascape Retreat by Pattersons situated in secluded Banks Peninsula, Canterbury, New Zealand. The 1,184 ft² (110 m²) cottage was designed as a honeymoon retreat for paying guests and consists of three rooms; a lobby, a living/sleeping room and a bathroom. Constructed largely from rock quarried near its site with in-situ poured concrete floors and an earth turfed roof. It is self-sustainable with respect to on-site water harvesting and wastewater treatment. The project incorporated an extensive reforestation and re-vegetation subproject.
The retreat is constructed largely from rock quarried near its site with in-situ poured concrete floors and an earth turfed roof. This robust structure is integrated into the escarpment above to protect occupants from falling debris and then lined with horizontal macrocarpa timber. The lining forms integrated joinery, services, wall and ceiling panels and shelters behind double glazed low E-glass in a storm and shatterproof steel mullions, which utilize earthquake resistant sliding heads.
The cottage is a shelter designed as a honeymoon retreat for paying guests and consists of three rooms; a lobby, a living/sleeping room and a bathroom.
Its plan and section use an interlocking geometry to respond to two views, a three-quarter outlook along the face of the cove and a far view aligning with a double rock arch called “The Comb.” The Comb collapsed into a simple rock spire during the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake.
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