Queenstown House

A modernist home located in Queenstown. Refer to Trends link for article.

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Our response to the clients brief was to create a collaborative "journey of discovery" through landscaping, architecture and interiors with a pivotal "Living Zone" orientated on a South - North axis centrally located between the "Owners Retreat" to the East and the "Guest Wing" to the West, resulting in a modern pavilion style house. A water feature creek and Outdoor BBQ area South of the Living Zone below Ferry Hill visually connects through the spacious living areas to a Swimming Pool Terrace on the North to merge with the Shotover River and mountains. A central "Living Zone" includes a Kitchen Island with informal dining and hidden Pantry, formal dining and living area incorporating glazed wine room and secret door to Snug Room adjacent. The pavilions and Pool Terrace appear as rock outcrops layered to create strong contextual links to the rural landscape. The material and colour palette is based upon natural hues where shuttered concrete cladding and polished concrete floors blend with the local river gravel with contrast offered by the dark tiles and extensive glazing that blend with the mountain rock and shadows in the landscape. These materials extend to the interior with smooth textures replacing rough to compliment stainless steel, Oak timber joinery, and LED lighting to create elegant and sophisticated interiors. There is an energy efficient automation system which controls power and lighting, water storage and reuse and a shading mechanism on the large roof overhangs. Thermal mass and extensive thermal envelope insulation offer sustainable features.

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