Builder: Amalgamated Building Ltd.
Photography: Camilla Rutherford
Rippon Hall is located at Rippon Vineyard & Winery, Lake Wanaka.
Rising above the vineyard and looking out to the lake and mountains, Rippon Hall is a hosting venue for weddings and events, daily wine tastings and sales.
The main idea of this project is for the building to give you a real sense of place - that encourages a sensory experience and recognition of its site - its soil and culture – an idea often used in viticulture – and very much associated with the Rippon brand.
The walls and floors are crafted from stabilised rammed earth using soil from the site, hall trusses and lining have been milled from larch trees on the property. Other materials were chosen from either a recycled source – rimu flooring for the hall, or the material was carefully selected for its durability and life cycle costs.
The terrace area has a permanent steel pergola, with a removable modular roof and wall system that can be adjusted to suit the size of the event. It can be 4 modules wide, or 3, or 2 or just 1 - giving the users options to suit their requirements.
The building primary heating source is from a solid wood boiler which heats the radiators. Fuel for the boiler is sourced from specifically grown timber on site.
Introduced colours were carefully and sparingly used to complement and enhance the legibility of the natural palette, giving a visual warmth and welcoming feel to the visitor.
A great place to have a party.
2013 New Zealand Commercial Project Award, Gold Award Winner; Tourism and Leisure
2013 New Zealand Commercial Project Award, National Category Winner; Tourism and Leisure
2013 NZ Wood Resene Timber Awards – Finalist Commercial & Innovation categories