The pale decor in the living area intentionally takes back seat to the views, while a stone tile feature wall with built-in fireplace and shelving helps anchor the home. And while the rear of the kitchen has a slate-look splashback and dark timber tones, the island is gleaming white and trained on the scenery.
Although the outlook straight ahead seems to go on forever, there are some near neighbours. Luckily, or rather by finely considered design, this house makes great use of selective sightlines.
So while one end of the home is largely finished in glass, the other end – close to the neighbours – has a slatted external element that effectively screens them from sight.
Utilising good passive solar principles, high insulation and underfloor heating, this home captures the sun at the right time of day, while reducing sunlight during the hottest part of the afternoon in summer.
Strategic use of solid wall planes, clerestory windows and external shades all play a part in this solar control.
Overall, the house is designed as an Earth-friendly sustainable home, with a focus on low maintenance products and whole of life costs.
Tony Koia, Koia Architects
Katie Deans Landscape Design
Oak veneer, stained
Oak timber by Peak Floor Trades
Luxaflex automated blinds, from McKenzie & Willis
Mercer Stainless Steel
Oven, cooktop, refrigeration, water dispensers
Fisher & Paykel
Aluminium Advantage S
Stuart Bateman, SB Design
Kitchen design and manufacture
Cedar, from Rosenfeld and Kidson
Kitchen wall tiles and splashback
Porcelain, La Roche, grey
Contemporaneo range, from Ambience Systems
Concealed heatpump, by Central Heating Solutions
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Homes – Highly Commended
21 Sep, 2019