Dalman Architecture’s design Sliding House in Canterbury Sees from Snow to Hot Sun

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Dalman Architecture’s design Sliding House in Canterbury Sees from Snow to Hot Sun
Dalman Architecture : A young couple and their children have built a stunning home on a hilltop surrounded by grassland and llamas. Dalman Architecture’s design for the family captures an assortment of incredible views of Canterbury that can be seen in all weathers, from snow to hot sun.
 
Dalman Architecture’s design Sliding House in Canterbury Sees from Snow to Hot Sun
 
“Wherever you go in the house, you can enjoy a different view; the Canterbury Plains offers a different experience from the Port Hills,” explains the owner. In one direction, Cooper’s Knob, the highest point in the Port Hills, appears. In the other direction sits Lake Ellesmere. Fortunately, Sliding House is located far enough away to avoid the recent bushfires in the area
 
Dalman Architecture’s design Sliding House in Canterbury Sees from Snow to Hot Sun
 
Dalman Architecture’s concept for Sliding House arose from an idea about children’s colourful plastic blocks laid out parallel but sliding against one another, backwards and forwards. The result is an interesting arrangement of three wings that work to protect the interior from prevailing winds coming up the hill, while maximising the views and the light, which seems to seep through the interior in a really lovely way.
 
Dalman Architecture’s design Sliding House in Canterbury Sees from Snow to Hot Sun
 
A moss-lined path is an invitation to enter the house through a corridor that then opens up into interesting, almost stand-alone, spaces. A bedroom near the entrance can work independently for a boarder or an Airbnb guest. A large family room, combined with office, captures and contains the joyful chaos of children’s play.
 
Dalman Architecture’s design Sliding House in Canterbury Sees from Snow to Hot Sun
 
Across the corridor, an intimate master bedroom contrasts the whiteness of the rest of the house in being decorated in black, which helps confine the view. This is a relaxing space to rest in bed with the natural landscape acting like a real live painting, especially when the sun goes down over Lake Ellesmere.
 
Dalman Architecture’s design Sliding House in Canterbury Sees from Snow to Hot Sun
 
This view will soon be enjoyed from a cantilevered lap pool, to be built into the space between the wings. In the carpark, a ground-source heat pump system feeds the underfloor heating, heats the water and, eventually, the pool too.
 
Dalman Architecture’s design Sliding House in Canterbury Sees from Snow to Hot Sun
 
At the far end of the corridor, the house opens into two living spaces. Behind a walled fireplace and room divide, an intimate sunken living area has low windows to isolate framed views of the Plains seen from the comfort of the sofas. Next door, the kitchen and dining area can accommodate large groups, serviced by a scullery.
 
Dalman Architecture’s design Sliding House in Canterbury Sees from Snow to Hot Sun
 
In this area, seating overlooks the courtyard, which can be opened up to the views via two rusty-steel gates, engineered to factor in high winds. An outdoor wall-mounted fireplace warms the courtyard on cooler nights and, behind this wall, a separate bedroom, kitchenette and bathroom allow visitors to maintain some independence.
 
Dalman Architecture’s design Sliding House in Canterbury Sees from Snow to Hot Sun
 
“We didn’t want the design to be over-engineered,” expains the owner. “We wanted the building to blend into the landscape, for the grass to grow up around it and for the cows to wander up near the house to graze.”
 
Dalman Architecture’s design Sliding House in Canterbury Sees from Snow to Hot Sun
 
Dalman Architecture’s design Sliding House in Canterbury Sees from Snow to Hot Sun
 
Photo Courtesy : Dennis Radermacher

 

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