Hamish Moorhead Landscapes

Rural Geometry

The landscape brief for this minimal timber home north of Masterton was to compliment the architecture with a garden design that would sit comfortably in the surrounding rural landscape. 

The house looks west across a vineyard to the Tararua ranges. Groups of specimen trees and a dry stone wall extending to the west contain an expansive lawn and frame the distant view. 

Massed native grasses anchor each end of the building, and more extensive planting will partially obscure the house from the driveway, creating a stronger sense of arrival upon approaching the house.

The materials are robust and simple. Mass planting and simple forms are designed for low maintenance.