There comes a time in everyone’s life when one craves to move away from the constant rush of urban life and the perpetual race with the clock. It is this desire for a simpler and more relaxed lifestyle that has inspired a retired couple in to turn to Suyama Peterson Deguchi in an attempt to downsize their contemporary home and turn it into a tranquil retreat surrounded by ample greenery. Inspiration behind this new structure was drawn from the silhouette of a picnic shelter in a forest and it was translated to the modern setting using a simple roof and wall structure.
On the inside the color palette is strictly neutral with features such as the brick accent wall section in the living room and the colorful pendant lights providing visual contrast. Passive heating and cooling techniques adequate ventilation and an uncomplicated floor plan combine to turn life at this contemporary Melbourne home into a relaxing and refreshing experience.
The desire for a home that creates spaces that encourage interaction between family members can be seen in homeowners across the globe. While the 90s saw a trend in which people turned towards more individualized and private ‘cubicles’ that has definitely shifted toward a love for more ‘social spaces’ in the last decade.
The steel and wooden structure of the house itself seems to float above the ground in an effortless fashion and adds to the relaxing atmosphere at the Ocean Eye. A large pool and serene garden complete life at this stunning Costa Rican home where nature comfort and ocean-side goodness come together with panache.
What was previously the driveway and garage was turned into the new courtyard and a series of stepped terraces and an open central space now welcome you in style. Clad in Pennsylvania bluestone the entrance presents a mere preview into the greater grandeur that lies within the home.
The kitchen island itself moves away from the mundane with its unique design and the breakfast bar offers further opportunity for the entire family to come together each morning. The living area kitchen and dining area are connected with the closed rear yard / outdoor living zone that features plush seating.
Crafted using steel concrete wood and stone balance is the key element of design here in every sense of the word. One sees the open living areas flow into the luxurious terrace outside which overlooks the Jacuzzi and the vast green spaces beyond.