In our busy lives we often find ourselves seeking out spaces in which to relax and take time out from the constant distractions that life throws at us, whether that is simply a busy road outside the home or the noise of neighbours, creating spaces for contemplation is something that’s on the rise in New Zealand.
Due though, to the cost of building and the ever-dwindling availability of land, the nascent iteration of adaptable spaces has seen a changing appearance of rooms outside the home.
A Space to Escape
“Over the last few years, this has been becoming a more and more popular request,” Auckland-based architect Mark Frazerhurst says. “People are looking for spaces that are adaptable, and spaces that can be used for multiple purposes, including yoga and meditation, and as games rooms or teenagers’ retreats.”
The benefit of having a space like this separate from the main home is, most prominently, the potential reduced cost. “If a space is defined on paper as being, for example, a garage, then it doesn’t have to comply with the Building Code in regards to requirements around the thermal envelope of a habitable space,” Mark says. “This means that is often significantly cheaper to create interesting spaces in this context rather than doing so within the footprint of the main house.”
And so it is in what we would traditionally have used as a garage that these adaptable spaces are being designed and built, commonly as yoga studios, spaces to retreat and relax, but also as games rooms and areas for different members of the family to use for varying purposes.