Word House: Pontahi House, New Zealand

Word House: Pontahi House, New Zealand

Oct 13, 2006

When we first saw the spread on this house in Print magazine Sept/Oct 2006, our mouths dropped open. A fiend for type and words, we are blown away by the sheer beauty this portrays inside and out. The idea of being wrapped in letters gives us warm fuzzy feelings all over. The home was designed by New Zealand graphic designer Catherine Griffiths.

The Pontahi House is a private residence encapsulated with 120 etched glass panels with texts by a former New Zealand poet laureate.

Griffiths had the opportunity to work on Pontahi House after she completed another typographical-sculpture treatment to honor local writers and poets. She suggested to the home's owners who were art lovers of all kinds to "wrap their house in literature."

The article in Print talks more about Griffiths' graphic work [which is stunning] in general, then specifically this home, but we felt like it was notable to post here for our readers so that it may inspire you toward looking at your home in new and exciting ways. Everything surrounding us can be beautiful from the grate in the street, to the windows of your world. Explore!

Photo Credit: Top photo, Bruce Connew; second and third photos, Jason Busch
Architecture firm: Architecture+, New Zealand

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