Cromwell House


This project was a staged development for a couple with a developing vineyard. They wished to run a vineyard with gate sales and live on the estate.


The vineyard is located on a main road with a large river terrace of around 25 metres of mainly pastoral land being converted into grape vines. Set at the foot of the Pisa range the site has commanding views across the valley to the head of Lake Dunstan and to the Alps in the northwest. The house is sited at the top of the upper terrace, offering views across the estate and the dramatic mountains, planting the house firmly in the expanse of the Central Otago landscape.


This home was designed to reflect the Central Otago history and landscape. The house uses local materials and reflects typical forms and typologies. The wine tasting area, garage and house are grouped into a typical farmstead cluster. The verticality of the chimney is used to anchor and contrast with the low ground hugging form of the house, and is inspired by corrugated iron chimneys appended to the side of old schist mining cottages. Schist is used to reinforce a sense of place.