Alpine Terrace House

Enveloped in New Zealand's southern alps, the Alpine Terrace House soaks in the mountain views. The dwelling is comprised of four black rectangles arranged around a central courtyard. Situated on a concrete plinth, the low-lying volumes appear to float above the sloped terrain. The shadowy affair continues on the inside where dark tile floors and charcoal walls create a striking, minimalist aesthetic. Its dim palette pushes the focus toward the rugged scenery 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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