Flock Hill Station
Situated within a spectacular Flock Hill context, overlooking Lake Pearson, this 5-Star Homestead assimilates cultural values and identity.
The most striking and recognisable feature of the area around Flock Hill Station are the famous limestone rock formations jutting out of the landscape – named Castle Hill. For Ngāi Tahu, it was an important stopover point on journeys to the West Coast, and a seasonal food-gathering place. The numerous rock overhangs were used for shelter.
Flock Hill Station itself derives its name from these rock formations. Our design for the homestead looks to celebrate and reference the early habitation of the landscape by adopting an architecture that consists of the heavy masonry elements embedded in the landscape. Cladding the fireplaces and selected walls in limestone creates rock-like formations; key living areas of the homestead inhabit the spaces between these elements.
Floating over these rock formations is a singular lightweight timber roof. The simple pitched roof form is a reference to the agricultural use of the land and the utilitarian but beautiful farm structures and sheds that dot the local landscape. The timber roof also gives the building a sense of lightness and warmth and juxtaposes and enhances the 'weight' of the limestone elements.
The house is designed to be used in a fluid way, with almost continuous connection between internal and external spaces. It comprises a simple pitched roof pavilion - central living areas and guest’s quarters on both sides. All the spaces are arranged in a single linear strip, exposing them to views over Lake Pearson and Sugar Loaf beyond.
The material palette is limited and restrained – only limestone and timber are used both externally and internally – allowing the magnificent views to be the main focus of every space.