In a strange way, this house from Christchurch, New Zealand makes the piece of land that it occupies seem bigger than it actually is. The house was designed and built by Young Architects and was completed in 2019. It occupies a narrow site and has a simple and modest design with a classic gable roof and black cladding on the exterior. It also has expansive glazing and large openings which help it to make the site appear longer than it is and to complement its surroundings by blending in.
A prominent chimney built with basalt anchors the structure to the land around it and adds depth to the overall design. Black cedar was used for the exterior, emphasizing the house’s modern and minimalist aesthetic. In contrast, the entrance is marked by the use of natural cedar which creates a nice transition towards the interior where natural timber was used extensively and in various different forms.
Large exposed beams create a criss-cross pattern on the ceiling and draw attention to the roof, creating the impression or a very vast and open space. The skylights which have been incorporated into the design have a similar effect, bringing natural light into the room and emphasizing the height of the spaces in particular when it comes to the private section of the house where the bedroom and bathroom are situated. The interior design is very warm and inviting thanks to the selection of materials, finishes and colors as well as the attention to detail shown throughout the entire house. Every room has character and they all flow seamlessly and turn the house into a perfect family home.