When a home is lost to a natural disaster its residents lose a whole lot more than just property. It is memories of an entire life that are wiped out and starting out afresh can be a challenging affair in more ways than one. The in New Zealand is a structure that replaced an old villa that stood on the same lot before an earthquake hit the region.
The residence combines a wide range of textures and finishes along with modern aesthetics and industrial overtones to shape a living environment that is exciting elegant and definitely distinct. At the heart of this rejuvenated structure are two central voids that bring natural light to the lower-level living area and create a breezy atmosphere indoors.
Masterfully designed by Specht Harpman Architects the rooftop garden and hangout is a perfect idea for those looking for something more than just a simple green roof. Both practical and planet-friendly the idea creates an urban oasis even in a concrete jungle!
It is a rear extension that gets the job done as the glazed timber addition now holds the new dining area kitchen and family room of the revitalized house. Crafted to ensure that those inside enjoy an open and airy living atmosphere that is accentuated by the visual connectivity with the green outdoors the nifty extension blends in with the existing structure almost seamlessly. A clean white color palette sits next to the already present exposed brick walls comfortably even as large skylights bring in a flood of natural light.
Here the shelves are transformed into smart storage units and room dividers that combine form and function in an effortless manner. To highlight the presence of these custom shelves even further a pillar at the entrance of the house is completely covered in mirrors giving those who step in an instant view of the masterful creation.
For most of us it is the ground floor of our home that holds the entrance and the living area with the top level holding the bedrooms and other private spaces. But the Cliff Dwelling nestled on a steep cliff next to Lake Austin flips this floor plan to suit the specific needs of the site and it is the rooftop garden retreat and entrance that steal the show here.
The main building contains the living area along with the kitchen dining room and other social spaces while the second structure holds the master suite along with the guest quarters. A gorgeous connector links both the structures and also offers a wonderful protected walkway of sorts that lets those inside enjoy the wonderful ocean views outside. Another advantage of this site plan is the creation of the sheltered courtyard that is carefully protected from harsh ocean winds on gusty days.