Complex design solutions achieve seamless transitions on large and small scales.
Height in relation to boundary rules dictated the height and finished floor level of the new guest house – a starting point to the challenge.
Originally straight, the driveway has been contoured into a gentle curve and lined with lush plantings, creating a more subtle approach.
From the driveway, the cedar screens of the guest and main house rise upwards like a forest canopy, and native trees obscure what lies beyond.
Wandering up the carefully designed levels, through the greenery, the sanctuary reveals itself suddenly, framed by the ocean beyond.
Platforms reach out towards the pool’s wet edge at the same level, a striking and seamless transition from timber to water.
A beautifully layered landscape design by Shafer Design shelters the sanctuary with carefully curated plants, from native wharawhara to fragrant star jasmine.
Louvres shelter spaces for lounging around the pool, while inside the guest house has been designed with careful consideration of material sizes to minimise waste.
Standing alone, this Balinese inspired sanctuary epitomises a haven of peace and quiet, but the genius of its design is in its ability to fit effortlessly on the existing property, a new home within a home.