Today`s article will take us pretty far away from home, all the way up to New Zealand where our imagination will receive another asset, a dream house for many of us, a regular mansion for others, no matter how we see it, today`s estate will surely impress even if it will be just for a few minutes.
To be more specific, we find ourselves in Nelson, New Zealand where the Evil House has been materialized by Studio Pacific Architecture. We should take a second and mention that this architecture bureau is considered one of the world architects in this area; mostly because it had evolved trough time into an amazing award-winning bureau by using creativity throughout the entire land.
Evil House is taking the advantage of a privileged location, nearby Waimea, fact that opened the perspective of the architect right from the very beginning: the dream house would open up to the river and amazing views. The home embraces the lot, being developed around a central courtyard, therefore from the exterior being perceived more like a retreat in which you can open up with the surroundings and the environment on a different level .
The structure and finishes of the home are realized entirely from pine timber, this material being the most common wood found in the area, therefore the home takes a half sustainable attitude towards the environment by using the resources at hand. The land on which it sits has been previously covered with pine trees as well, thing which really makes you wonder if there was no other free space to build a house.
The Evil House can be read in the blueprints presented below as a “U”, and behind this shape the functionality is obviously solved differently as the architechts are further relating.
“All three wings are designed so that circulation is on the inner face, opening onto the courtyard, which is landscaped to include reflecting pools and ancient Balinese sculptures and is faced externally with Balinese lava stone. The external face of each wing reveals views out over the tidal estuary, a slowly changing landscape of silvery water that flows in at high tide and slowly ebbs away.”
Photo Courtesy to Paul McCredie