A black-gabled home in Queenstown is inspired by the surrounding scenery

Nestled into the hillside overlooking Lake Hayes, this new home by David Reid has been built to reflect the landscape and capture the surrounding views

When this Queenstown home was designed the brief was clear: it must take full advantage of the spectacular, uninterrupted views the site offered. Now complete, the house captures the constantly changing lake and mountain views from every room.

The Design

Wrapped in black cedar weatherboards and black powder coated metal cladding, this new home has a classic yet contemporary feel. From the outside, the three gables roof peaks hint at the thoughtful way that spaces throughout the home are designed to feel separate yet connected.

Each room in the house is focussed north to soak up the sun and frame the picture-perfect views. The kitchen and bedrooms feel light and airy under the soaring gabled ceilings while contrasting roofline in the living room creates a more intimate space.


The kitchen is the heart of this home. The elegant island acts as a seamless connection between the dining and living spaces. With a high stud and expansive windows that open out to the view, the kitchen and dining room feel bright and welcoming. A picture frame window that mirrors the pitch of the ceiling also adds to the generous sense of space.

This home is designed for entertaining with a wine fridge built into the kitchen island and a butler's pantry and laundry tucked away out of sight. From there the doors open out to the courtyard where the roof and walls have been extended out to create a sheltered outdoor room.


The palette of natural materials and textures used throughout this home exudes sophistication and act as a subtle nod to the surrounding mountainscape. Polished concrete flooring paired with white walls in the kitchen and living areas provide a crisp backdrop for colourful artwork and luxurious velvet furniture in jewel tones.

The white bathrooms accented with wonderful streaks of marbled tile adds to that boutique feeling. While the tapware and fixtures in matte black bring a sense of contrast and contemporary style. Outside, the touches of timber, concrete and stone add to the feeling of a cosy alpine retreat.

A velvet couch, cosy fireplace and textural decor
A velvet couch, cosy fireplace and textural decor pieces combine to create an intimate space in the living room.


From the Maxraft foundation and 140mm framing to increased insulation and thermally broken windows, heating efficiency has been key in the design and build of this home. Besides capturing the postcard views, the wide windows soak up the winter sunshine in turn minimising power costs and maximising comfortable living. 

In the kitchen and living area, an Escea DX1500 double sided fire place has been cleverly used to partition the space while adding cosy ambience to both rooms. An additional fireplace in the master bedroom is another design touch that makes this home feel like a boutique retreat.

Credit list

Window/door joinery
Altherm Window Systems using window and door joinery from APL
Jacobsens Pilieus Carpet to bedrooms, tiles in the bathrooms & polished concrete in the rest of the house
Wedgerwood Joinery
Escea DX1500
Award built-in Powerpack concealed by joinery
Bloc supplied by Edward Gibbon
Catalano Teorema Vessel Basin supplied by Edward Gibbon
Luci 2 BTW suite with thick seat
Stove and oven
Fisher & Paykel 90cm Pyrolytic Oven
Fisher & Paykel Single Dishdrawer Tall with Stainless Steel Finish
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Homes – Highly Commended
Martin Hofman – Hofmans Architects
Hiland Tray from Stratco
Kitchen design
Rachel Barnes from Ingrid Geldof Design
Inside down lights and exterior wall mounted: Hugo DLEK. Exterior down lights: Puri IDUNAD115B3
Vanity cabinetry
Bloc supplied by Edward Gibbon
Admiral Bath supplied by Edward Gibbon
Meir Taps supplied by Edward Gibbon
Shower fittings
Tube Round Shower Column Rainhead, Neir wall mixer & shower grate
Fisher & Paykel 900mm wide French Door with Ice & Water

Story by: Trendsideas

21 Jun, 2020

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