Shark House by First Light Studio

October 24, 2019

Love at First Bite

When the architects at First Light Studio were commissioned to design a new house in suburban Christchurch in New Zealand, the brief was refreshingly simple: anything but a box. The architects happily obliged and created a house which nobody can accuse of being bland.

Inspired by the muscular bodywork of supercars, this 331 square metre, 4 bedroom family home is full of sharp angles and dramatic facets, as if a ribbon of steel had formed a knot by folding over itself. The cladding of dark steel panels gives the house a high-tech "skin", whilst the wooden slats on the upper floor provide shade and a softer contrast. This unusual looking house definitely makes a strong design statement - it is not for nothing that it has been nicknamed the Shark House.

The interior of the house exudes an equally dynamic vibe. The industrial theme is echoed in the concrete walls and freestanding steel staircase, softened by wooden floorboards and soft furnishings in neutral tones. The triangular kitchen island is one of a few reminders of the sharp looking exterior in a space which is delightfully harmonious and well proportioned. Proof, if any is needed, that for all their aggressive looks sharks can be friendly and welcoming too.

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