February 11, 2016
Should one live by the sea or in the forest? The owners of this house in New Zealand are fortunate enough to enjoy the best of both worlds, living by the beach in a strip of forest with mature Pohutukawa trees. Their house is designed by Herbst Architects to blend into this idyllic location and to open up the internal living spaces to the glorious nature outside.
The house is built almost entirely of dark wood and glass. The vast glass roof of the verandah is supported by tree-like structures made of wood and steel, echoing the forest outside. The glass walls at the front of the house slide open entirely, bringing nature into the living room inside. The bedrooms and garage are housed in a less exposed structure clad in rough hewn planks of wood, again reflecting the forest location.
This is a house where you can truly live in harmony with nature: relaxing in the living area with sunlight filtering in through the branches, the warmth of the timber floor against your bare feet with sounds of cicadas competing against the distant crashing waves. Country living surely doesn't get any better than this.
February 26, 2021
How do you square the circle of practical, rectangular spaces with emotive, curvy designs? San Francisco based OPA Architects shows what's possible with the interior refurbishment of a modern house in Mill Valley, California.
February 16, 2021
Japanese zen style goes far beyond minimalist white spaces. It is about thoughtful spaces which encourage the contemplation of light, colours, textures and shapes - the building blocks of nature and beauty. The Shutter House in Perth is a great example.
February 08, 2021
There was a time when the use of marble was largely restricted to floors, posh kitchen counters and grave statutes. And then, at some point around the mid-noughties, marble was everywhere. Could the same be happening to terrazzo?
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