Step inside and this theme of using water to shape the structure and give it a unique aura continues with a reflective pool that enhances the appeal of the sleek exterior. Large glass windows doors and walls ensure that the lavish courtyard becomes an extension of the living spaces inside.
The owners of the house include a family in their fifties with a couple of kids as well as their mother who wanted a house with the aura of a timeless Japanese design. The interior is clad largely in Japanese cypress that has been brought from the family’s farm in the forest near.
Bold window frames and shingle-style architecture typify the exterior while the interior is clad in cool neutral hues that seem to be borrowed from both coastal and cottage styles. Exposed wooden beams and metallic surfaces add a dash of industrial charm as well with a salvaged wooden accent wall standing out visually in the front hall.
In fact if you switched around some of the decor it may very well seem like an Asian-inspired home! With partial views of and Leschi Park the house is spread across three different levels. The basement features the entry and a bedroom and it leads to the more open levels above.
The owners of the home wanted to transform their old summer cottage which was a touch dark and dingy into a smart and stylish space that captured the essence of nostalgic summer evenings. This made the choice of a color palette inherently simple and the extensive use of white muted blue and light greens gives the retreat a subtle beachy vibe. But the designers stayed away from a more apparent nautical look by smartly placing decor and accents that created a trendy modern rustic style.
From a distance the ingenious roof reminds us of Japanese origami creations and transforms the otherwise simple nature retreat into a dramatic eye-catching structure that is set against an equally awe-inspiring tropical countryside.
The main kitchen family area dining space and additional bedrooms are located on the lower level of the house while the top level includes the living area a second kitchen and the master bedroom. This means that pretty much every room in the house provides unobstructed views of the waves in the distance.