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Belle View House Waiheke: An Innovative Design Response

24 Jul 2023

The plan is for Belle View House to be situated on a Waiheke Island headland, the Belle View House will be an architectural marvel when completed, designed and documented with precision using ArchiCAD and Masterspec.

Design Response

Drawing inspiration from the site's sensory attributes, the architectural composition takes on a sculptural form, with roof forms floating above solid retaining walls that terrace the steep hillside. Each level and its associated retaining wall follows the contours, offering captivating views and harmonious connections to the outdoors. Glazing encloses the habitable spaces, protecting from the elements yet still allowing the occupant to commune with the exterior environment. Taking inspiration from the small medieval streets of Italian hillside villages, the outdoor stairway forms a social pedestrian spine that wends between private rooms. Revealing vistas as you traverse the site. The architecture maximises the site's natural topography, capturing breath-taking panoramic views, whilst simultaneously creating shelter from prevailing winds.

Problem-Solving is Much Easier With Masterspec

The project faces its fair share of challenges, with strict District Plan Ridgeline controls, steep contours and extreme winds. Building in an area of extreme high wind zone presents unique set of construction challenges.

Overcoming these obstacles required meticulous planning. This is where Masterspec steps in, providing a toolset that helps achieve streamlined documentation throughout the project.

Pepper Architects maximises the power of Masterspec's maintained specifications platform, complemented by the MasterKey application integrated with ArchiCAD's CI Tools Keynotes function. This combination ensures seamless updates across all drawings, saving valuable time, and providing clarity for sub-contractors.

"The integration of Masterspec with the CAD software goes a long way towards reducing that error rate. I can update a keynote for example and know with confidence that every single keynote across all the documentation is picked up instantaneously. That saves time hunting them all down. That ensures there is no errors tucked away on some sheet that we have forgotten to check or just missed.

This is why Masterspec is our preferred specification software.”

- Michael Pepper, Managing Director of Pepper Architects

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