Alpine Terrace House

Surrounded by the dramatic peaks of New Zealand's southern alps, the Alpine Terrace House balances the rugged scenery. Its four stealth volumes are arranged around a central court, offering protection to the grassy terrace from the area's harsh elements. Situated on a concrete plinth, each of the buildings appears to float above the sloped terrain. The shadowy affair continues on the inside where inky tile floors and charcoal walls create a striking, minimalist aesthetic. Its dim palette directs the focus toward the mountain views that's being framed in by floor-to-ceiling windows around the perimeter. When the weather is favorable, the glazing opens to expand the living spaces out to the impressive landscape.

Photos: Simon Wilson / Fearon Hay Architects

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