January 16, 2018
Those who have misgivings about living in bungalows (a principally British affliction) should take a close look at this stunning rural retreat, which showcases the allure of single-floor living beautifully.
Designed by New York based architects Tsao & McKown as a rural retreat for an ageing couple, the house exudes peace and serenity. The structure of the house is based on exposed timber frame construction with extensive floor-to-ceiling windows, which, together with two enormous skylights, flood the interior spaces with light. The extensive wooden decking surrounding the house and the use of wooden slatted screens, inspired by traditional Japanese architecture, add an extra touch of zen; whilst the reflection pools, outdoor hot tub and beautifully landscaped garden place it in perfect harmony with its woodland location.
The flow of the interior space is thoughtful and effective. A long ramp leads you into the front entrance, which opens up to the kitchen and dining area to the left and the living space to the right. A freestanding fireplace with a sculptural flue forms a spectacular focal point which helps to divide the space without interfering with the flow. The living room flows into the open study, which leads to the bedroom suite, complete with another freestanding fireplace and a massage table.
This is a house designed for peaceful living and contemplation of nature, in other words, a perfect rural retreat.
The natural wood veneer wall lights from LZF, such as the Orbit wall light, would look great in the Pound Ridge house. The Karl-Johan table light from New Works and the Cave table light from Moustache would work well too.
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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