New Zealand Trends Volume 33 No 3 - Page 73

of the design of the house, this screen was inspired by Japanese architecture and culture – incorporating transparency and using materials in unusual ways. “Although this is a screening device for the bedrooms, it still allows natural light in and access to the views. And while it’s made of heavy, solid steel, it looks quite flimsy, like origami,” says Rhoda. The use of shuttered concrete contin- ues on the interiors for the ceilings, while natural granite tile is used for flooring throughout the house. “We’ve kept the colour palette neutral and monotone, so the interiors are quite masculine. But there are some contrasts such as white walls and the use of dark stained oak for joinery, wall cladding and the kitchen and bar cabinetry.” The concept of transparency applies to all the living spaces, which are essentially glass boxes that can be fully opened up. The main living wing containing the kitchen, dining and living spaces has five full-height sliding glass doors on both sides. “We used the biggest door panels we Above: The two wings of the house wrap around the pool and outdoor living area. Despite the interiors being designed to maximise the views and natural light, the living areas are fully private from the street and surrounding areas. Interior architect Michele Rhoda says the colour palette has been kept neutral and monotone, creating a quite masculine aesthetic. search | save | share at