It is the courtyard that facilitates flow of natural light across the two levels and gives the interior an open and bright ambiance despite its private street façade. The use of white for the backdrop accentuates a sense of airiness while modern minimal décor keeps the living area uncluttered.
Set amidst a lush green landscape and a steep hillside the contemporary construction by North Arrow Studio reflects the scenery that surrounds it in a captivating fashion. With a flat roof and a silhouette in white the residence seamlessly combines modernity with timeless design and natural goodness.
As is the case with most heritage homes it is the rear addition that comes to the rescue here extending the living area even while leaving the two bedrooms at the front of the house largely untouched.
The lot on which Cest La Vie sits is surrounded by tall trees giving those inside ample privacy while also offering a natural acoustic barrier. This cloak of green allows for the design of an open home where pavilion-style interiors flow into the fabulous courtyard the expansive pool deck and the rejuvenating Jacuzzi outside.
The house is divided into two zones with the lower level containing the living area kitchen and dining and the top level holding the private spaces. A space-savvy floating wood and steel staircase connects both the levels even as a large central courtyard becomes the heart of the social zone.
The new contemporary extension in timber and glass is at the heart of the project that aims to revitalize this historic structure even while preserving its original aura and creating interiors that stay true to the rustic backdrop! Set in an idyllic 60-acre valley the new building acts as a transitional zone between the original farmhouse and the converted bar.
The courtyard sits at the heart of the house and a ventilation duct on the second floor brings in light and natural breeze. While hitting the house is gently drawn into the courtyard it is the slightly curved outward roof of the south side that directs the air outside. This also helps in cooling the house naturally on less boisterous days!