Sleep can be difficult to come by—and the increasing number of apps, trackers, and gadgets meant to help catch some zzzs offers a clue to the breadth (and potential profitability) of the problem. Could the way our homes are designed be a key to better shut-eye?
This compact, blackened-timber house, the Garden Pavilion, makes a case for residential architecture as a sleep aid, if not a cure for a chronic lack of rest.
Commissioned by a couple in Melbourne, Australia—one of whom suffers from a serious sleep condition—the home is the work of local firm Black Line One X Architecture Studio (also known as BLOXAS).
The design team created a private, swaddling modern home that offers a refuge from the sound—and, when needed, light—in the clients’ residential neighborhood.
Acoustic ceiling panels, for example, help prevent sound waves from bouncing around excessively inside the home, their perforations offering some graphic visual interest overhead. Walls in the house are also “heavily insulated,” writes Dezeen, and double doors throughout the house come equipped with noise-dampening seals.
The house’s curved form defers to a compact garden (hence the home’s name) and a small stand of citrus and olive trees. It’s an idyllic, Zen view, and one that, in concert with the strategic design moves deployed inside, surely has the homeowners counting more sheep than they otherwise would.