Modest in scale, the sizing of the home acts as a reflection of its detachment from other supporting amenity, neighbours or anything resembling urban convenience. Conceived of as a campsite, the established residence combines both a dwelling and studio space as the more permanent elements on site, together with the owner’s Airstream. As the ultimate symbol of a nomadic and considered lifestyle, the moveable home represents a spirit of ephemerality, and of the Ophir House being an outpost in an undiscovered location. With views out to the surrounding ranges, the planes upon which the home sits are subject to extreme winds, further adding to the need for a solid form as protection from the elements.
Although New Zealand is recognised for its lush and green landscapes, it is also known for its vastly diverse natural conditions, which this home celebrates. Protected in part by the placement of larger rock forms, the structure nestles into the terrain, and through a rough and raw materiality, warm tones match the landscape palette. Framing views out into the distance, openings are aligned to connect the home to the surrounds whilst also providing an opportunity for ventilation and solar gains across the seasons. Significant earth-walls protect the interior and, together with Corten steel, timber, texture and a robustness are intrinsic to the result.