Living underground has a charm of its own that instantly draws us in with a sense of mysticism. It’s probably an attempt to escape from the world around us that makes the idea of an exotic underground home seem even more alluring.
But it is the central courtyard that is the true showstopper here as it becomes the heart and soul of this Aussie home where life outside seems far more alluring than indoors! Turning the natural slope of the site into an advantage the interior features a stepwise arrangement of spaces with each one flowing into the next.
The use of stainless steel clips was a masterstroke that helps the architects to use the cedar boards without having to worry about damage over time due to seasonal expansion and contraction of wood.
The elevated position of the ski chalet not only ensures that those inside get the best possible views it also leaves enough space underneath for spring and winter run-off. A lovely bridge leads to the main level of this retreat which contains the open plan living space along with the kitchen and the dining area. With a 27-foot long bay window and window seat a ceiling clad in western red cedar and a cozy ambiance the interior seems as modern as it is inviting.
A living area with floor-to-ceiling glass windows on three sides not only offers unabated ocean views but also a charming glimpse of the bustling city skyline in the opposite direction.
The distinct exterior of the home is achieved using and dark-anodized aluminum allowing the Pleated House to interact with the changing light and shadows that are caused by the forest that engulfs it. Add to it a gorgeous green roof and the connection between the forest and the house is complete!
Opening up towards the garden the new living area also contains a cutting-edge kitchen in white and a large dining room. An exquisite brick fireplace becomes the focal point of this open trendy family zone while reclaimed wood from old flooring now adorns the walls. With new concrete flooring creating a more contemporary backdrop the breezy extension becomes the heart of the residence.