Today we feature another spectacular home crafted by Eastern Design Office.
The client wanted a place where he could live out his final years in serenity. “I’m glad the land faces East… When I die it won’t be sunset, it will be sunrise. When the final moment comes, I will face the sea and depart on a ship flashing towards death.”
Instead of facing mortality with sadness, he is embracing the twilight of his life with happiness and optimism. This house was designed with that warm philosophy in mind.
The first important aspect is a magnificent view of the sea in the East, where the sun rises.
Through polygonal wave-shaped windows inspired by the pattern on the wings of butterflies, the only direct sunlight comes first thing in the morning. Throughout the rest of the day, ambient natural lighting diffuses throughout the slit-punctuated interior.
Natural hardwood flooring and ceiling grants an earthy touch to otherwise minimalist, modern surroundings. Angular slices through every interior wall allow veiled glimpses of the sea from nearly anywhere in the home. Several nautical design touches feature throughout, in harmony with the owner’s desire.
This home is not only a unique design; it serves an equally unique function for the client. This is one of the most original creations we’ve featured, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
Facing toward the East, we see the elevated black body of the home standing over its concrete perch, with a pair of anchors below. The wave-shape windows stand next to sheltered balcony space.
Here we see someone gazing through the polygon windows, with interior slit walls visible throughout.
Approaching from the road, we see how the body of the home sits atop the concrete foundation housing a car port. Dark wood stair structure leads to the main door, with only two small windows facing this direction.
Anchor sitting on the lower concrete berm. The pair of anchors are thematically essential to the project.
The anchors, hanging and lowered, symbolize the idea of casting off at sea, or into the afterlife.
On this butterfly we see the pattern reflected in the window design. As the designers put it: “A blue butterfly is a symbol of the blue ocean. The blue wings of a butterfly were designed into the windows.”
Moving inside, we see the lush natural hardwood flooring, naturally lit beneath the polygonal windows on white walls.
Angular and organic forms mix throughout the home. This natural wood table mirrors the polygonal window shapes, with the open living room space seen through wall slits.
The view when entering the home: interior V-shaped wall spreads to reveal the sunlit central open space. Here we see the natural wood ceiling with exposed beams.
With work papers on a desk, we see another butterfly, whose wings were crucial in inspiring the design.
The angular windows are reflected in softer-edged cutouts within the interior walls. At left sits a small natural wood sitting space for gazing toward the ocean.
In the morning sunrise, light cascades throughout the interior, casting polygonal shapes across the slit-divided walls. Here we see the natural wood on floor and ceiling bookending the white wall spaces.
Interior illuminated at dusk with a single lamp behind one of the cutout walls. Patio stands at right behind sliding glass door.
At sunrise, the room takes on a spectral quality, with cutouts framing the horizon like a series of paintings.
At night, the interior lighting casts a unique frame to the outside world. The butterfly inspired windows stand out in particular.
Here we see the concrete structure and black home body illuminated from within.
The expanse of land between the home and the ocean itself includes a small driving range.
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