In a poetic contradiction, the spectacular view visible from the floor-to-ceiling windows is powerful to the soul yet delicate to the eye; a picture perfect surround which is complemented by the subtle, earthy components scattered throughout the home. To capture the countryside, Herman De Oliveira chose design features which would echo our ecosphere, from a marble slab bench top and polished wooden floors to an Escea NZ River Rock fuel bed.
This apartment in the heart of Sydney pairs cool neutrals with clean lines for the last word in understated urban cool. The combined kitchen/living area features a beautiful, dramatic dark polished wood floor. A bookshelf in the same solid, dark wood stretches across an entire wall, effortlessly imparting that sense of solidity, history and permanence that can be so elusive in smaller apartments.
The site of this luxury rural retreat is so perfect – all-day sun, sweeping views, lush green pastures – that prospective home builders might have been tempted to rest on their laurels and let the landscape do all the talking. Luckily, the owners of this home resisted that temptation. The result is a home which is at one with its natural surrounds while still making a strong design statement.
As architects can often appreciate, the surrounding landscape can really frame, enhance and showcase a finished home and these state of the art river retreats are the perfect example.
Five contemporary holiday villas line this exclusive Wanaka lakefront, and in keeping with this earthy but opulent location, the design and materials do poetic justice to this unrivaled Central Otago backdrop.
Winning the premier architecture regional multiple housing award from The NZ Institute of Architects for criteria such as innovation, livability and quality execution, Chris Prebble Architects have been endorsed for their creativity and sensitivity to the surrounding areas. The end result is a truly luxurious summer and ski accommodation complex that maximises nature’s elements.
The architects had lofty goals of achieving the best high end ski accommodation in the country and it appears that their mission is complete, plus they have now been officially rewarded for their efforts and sophisticated design cred.
This smart two-storey show home designed by architect Cameron Baker for Jalcon Homes is a leading example of practical, contemporary family living. It combines a functional living environment merged with clever simplicity while demonstrating a flair for modern practical design.
This architecturally designed home is a masterclass in creating a contemporary home that compliments its natural surroundings. This home sits majestically amongst the spectacular landscape of Central Otago.
If you build your house on the cusp of a natural reserve, in order to blend in with the surroundings it’s important to bring something of the outdoors in. One house that has done just that – successfully incorporating nature and paying homage to its surroundings – is this home, designed by Francis Whitaker of architectural firm Mason & Wales.
The owner wanted this house to be renovated without the panoramic view of the ocean being affected in the process. The result created by Rebecca Jansma from Space Grace & Style is a simplistic design yet, high on functionality.
The quintessential Christchurch dining place Saggio di Vino is again open in the New Zealand garden city, after experiencing devastating earthquakes in September 2010 and February 2011. This is clearly an exciting piece of news for wine and fine dining enthusiasts. The food is great, the wine list is exceptional and the owners Lisa & Yommi are just as hospitable as ever.