The 'Ohoka House' by O'Neil Architecture

Designed by Darren O'Neil (O'Neil Architecture, @oneilarchitecture).
Located in Ohoka, South Island, New Zealand.
Photos by Stephen Goodenough (@stephengoodenoughphotographer).
Description by O'Neil Architecture.
Built by J.E Dean Builders.
Interior Design by Ohoka Design Co.
Landscape Design by Henry Blakely Landscapes (@henryblakelylandscapes).
The site is located in a rural environment, with established, mature trees and gardens.
Our Initial challenge was to design the home around the existing pool that the clients wished to retain.
At first glance the home appears simple and single level as it beds itself neatly into the site, wrapping itself around the private pool oasis, however on closer inspection you notice that the pool is actually located on a raised platform, and the house is cleverly designed on split levels.
We worked closely with the clients to incorporate reclaimed beams into the design from an earthquake damaged commercial building, which not only adds a unique historical feature, but brings new life to an otherwise abandoned local relic.
Noticeably, the main design influence is the traditional barn vernacular, however the real beauty and essence lies within the discipline of proportions, pitch, and clean crisp detailing.
The limited colour and material palette highlight the homes spectacular surroundings, a layering of varying textures adds to the striking simplicity, with softness added in the form of landscaping, lighting, and interiors.
"Space is the breath of art." — Frank Lloyd Wright.