Under Pohutukawa House by Herbst Architects

February 11, 2016

Life's a Beach in the Forest

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.

Links 

http://herbstarchitects.co.nz/projects/under-pohutukawa

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