Sometimes we like to play a game…to look at a house and to try to characterize it using only one word. It can be a real challenge when there’s more to a house than what it lets the others see but sometimes it’s all very easy. We’d describe this house from Puhoi, New Zealand using the word simplicity. You’ll see why once you find out more about it.
The house is situated in a remote area and was built here by LTD Architectural Design Studio. With a total living area of 164 square meters, the house is closely connected to its surroundings and welcomes the outdoors in in a way that feels very natural.
This is a house with a very open structure. However, you can’t tell that when looking at the house from certain angles. One of the facades on the lower level is almost completely closed off and covered with galvanized steel sheets. The rest is wood and the contrast between these materials is emphasized in a harmonious manner.
At the opposite end, the facades open up and as a result the living spaces feel more like an outdoor area than an enclosed volume. This makes the transition between the interior spaces and the outdoor deck very smooth and almost seamless. The fact that a lot of wood is used both on the interior and the exterior of the house helps ensure a cohesive design approach throughout.
Inside the house, the social areas share an open space on the ground floor and the service and sleeping areas occupy the upper level. The architects wanted the interior design to feel very light and simple so they used locally-sourced wood in combination with simple white surfaces to create the casual ambiance they had in mind.
The bedroom suite is both cozy and open. The slanted ceiling covered in wood and the matching floor create a warm and intimate ambiance while the large windows let in an abundance of natural light and fresh colors. Like in the rest of the house, the palette of materials, finishes and colors is simple and yet the decor is not monotonous. The bed that’s hanging from the ceiling and the windows and skylights make sure of that.