Story by Trends, 11 May 2017, 14:30:26
Photography by Simon Wilson
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The 2017 Trends International Design Awards architect-designed kitchen winner
From the architect: The building design evolved from the idea of sculpture, building and the existing land form - working with the site.
The wings of the house are positioned on the site to inform users of the different aspects of the site including orientation, sun and views.
The roof shape informs the internal spaces at the first floor through its folded geometry. These forms were perceived as a reference to the sand patterning on the immediate beach beyond and they give priority to the individual uses beneath.
The positioning of the two main building forms creates a courtyard to the north west.
The house also has the ability to transform with the use of sliding screens which open and close for the changing weather as well as manipulating the spaces for privacy or openness.
The kitchen is tucked to the eastern end of the main living area allowing a connection to all year morning sun, an overall interaction with the other living zones of the retreat and a direct connection with the beach.
The kitchen is a vibrant zone within the hub of the retreat and utilizes Blum fittings and Fisher and Paykel appliances with a great usability of space with everything having a home, tucked away but with an efficiency to the individual uses.
The materials are of a natural platte: Cesar stone and American oak veneer.
The house is a retreat from busy city life and is intended to be enjoyed by all.