This light timber framed house follows the sloping land with stepped rooms, raised on piles to allow views over the vines and structures. The carpentry house has a repetitive structure and expression inside and out. A mono-pitched metal roof folds down at each end, pierced with window boxes which provide framed views to the mountains each side. The intense summer sun is shielded on the West with deep window recesses, while the Eastern landscape provides retreat from the sun and wind on the West.
The interior, designed by interior designer owner Nikki Wilson, is as reductive and rational as the exterior, inspired by low cost Japanese duplex housing. It is a small, relatively low budget house and its lean-ness is permitted by the sense of space and light the high ceilings and generous volumes give.
HOUSES Magazine Edition 49, Spring 2018
December 2016 Air New Zealand KIAORA magazine features the Gibbston house, via HOME magazine.
August/September 2016 HOME NZ “Small Houses” edition features the Gibbston house in the vines.