situated in christchurch, new zealand, the shark house by first light studio separates itself from the standard rectilinear reconstructs of its rural environment. extending down the length of the site, the living arrangement’s dynamic structure joins precise planes and fresh lines that cover and merge in a progression of evaporating focuses that contort around its steel façade, causing the structure to show up as though perpetually moving.
set to plan a structure that would separate itself from the square shaped style of the territory, first light studio drew from the customers’ affection for european supercars, and especially the characteristics caused by the smooth and ground-breaking maserati. in insubordination of ‘the container’, the subsequent habitation’s surfaces are not opposite to each other, with balance appearances and intense edges of seamed steel meeting up with designed accuracy. the shark, as it has come to be known, consolidates a musical, dynamic façade, complete with a rich timber ‘flame broil’ that folds over the subsequent level, relaxing the steel’s seriousness and directing daylight infiltration through the span of the day.
inside, the planners have joined finished cement on the structure’s dividers with warm timber and subtleties of dark steel, especially found on the staircase that interfaces all levels. despite the fact that static and strong in its development, the house accomplishes a powerful ease, found all around with hard and sturdy materials that look delicate, material and moldable. ‘monochromatic city smoothness plays off against the rich shading and warmth of common materials,’ notes first light studio. ‘what intends to copy the useful exactitude of an elite machine is warm, agreeable, loose and welcoming inside.’