With a compact and functional design, this rural retreat located in Glen Murray, New Zealand, serves as a weekend escape for a young family from Auckland. The owners wanted a welcoming place to escape the city, a bright and cheerful home for them and their friends. To seamlessly integrate the house into the rural landscape, the team responsible with the project, RTA Studio together with Richard Naish, envisioned a farmhouse-like exterior, maintaining a rural kind of feel. With an angular-shaped roof and large windows, this modern dwelling (entitled suggestively “the Farmhouse”), invites the nature and the light inside.
The bright and uplifting home is composed of three different living areas. “Three open ended pitched roofed pavilions were arranged to accommodate the three distinct functions of the house: living, family sleeping and guest sleeping with flat roofed service pods linking them together. This arrangement serves to capture views, both intimate and vast as well as provide a variety of sheltered outdoor living spaces, either private or communal.” The interior feels very airy. A certain relaxed ambience dominates the living room.