Elongated white kitchen provides maximum functionality without obstructing spectacular scenery

This grand entertainer’s kitchen spans the full depth of its mountain home – connecting to alpine views at the front and a large outdoor kitchen at rear

​​​​​​​The long white, minimalist kitchen in this mountain gray, black
​​​​​​​The long white, minimalist kitchen in this mountain home is set to one side of the expansive entertaining space to avoid it blocking light and the truly spectacular views. The kitchen was designed by whole-house architect Gary Todd in collaboration with interior designer Di Henshall.

Part of a generous, four-level mountain home that fully engages with its pristine setting, the brief for the third-level kitchen was that it, too, connect with the scenery – without actually getting in the way of it.

The clean-lined kitchen is by architect Gary Todd, who also designed the home.

“There are three kitchens here really – the main kitchen, the adjacent outdoor kitchen and a rooftop dining space with its own fridge, sink and teppanyaki plate.”

Because the house faces due south, the architect created several axial – or front to back – views that extend right through the interior, to maximise solar penetration.

The living, dining and kitchen space is one such axial space. Hence the idea to run the kitchen along one side of the volume, keeping everything open and light-filled and not interrupting the visual flow.

In fact, triple stacker doors slide back at both ends of the space – connecting to the front deck one way and the outdoor kitchen and dining area the other. Having the home’s hardwood floors flush with the wooden decks enhances the connection.

​​​​​​​The view to the rear and the outdoor gray, black
​​​​​​​The view to the rear and the outdoor kitchen is as immersed in nature as the outlooks from the front of this home – if on a more intimate scale. A wine cellar, with glass walls, is near the central circulation stair and can be seen from the indoor and the outdoor kitchen. The sculptural gold pendants are by Tom Dixon.

Continuity is further assured when the long porcelain tile indoor benchtop is echoed beyond the glass at the rear as another – alfresco – bench space, serving the outdoor kitchen. The choice of tile for the benches connects to the rocky setting. And, similarly, the white lacquer cabinetry finds its own tonal connections in winter when snow covers much of the land.

“The cabinetry also balances a wall of mainly white joinery on the other side of the entertainment space,” says Todd. 

“The two white elements bookend the space.”

While the linear, minimalist kitchen is understated to avoid detracting from the views, it offers a wealth of functionality with integrated Miele appliances at the ready. 

Plus, in a home full of surprises – think indoor waterfall and glass floored study – the kitchen has one of its own. The black splashback fronts an inset television.

With a substantial outdoor fireplace, infrared heaters, and black, gray
With a substantial outdoor fireplace, infrared heaters, and operable louvres for walls and ceiling, the outdoor kitchen is made for year-round entertaining.

Of course, the outdoor kitchen is also well appointed and includes its own pizza oven – as the owners are Italian. This area really does have one foot out in the natural world, while operable louvres and a log fire make it suited to year-round use, despite the variable mountain weather.

Another feature of the wider space is a glass-fronted wine cellar which is on show to both the indoor and outdoor kitchen.

With generous-sized indoor and outdoor dining tables and a long row of bench seating at the island, this home really is set up to entertain few or a great many.

And the home’s dining diversity is completed with the rooftop tappenyaki kitchen. 

Here, family and guests can take in 360˚ views of mountains, lake and sky.

Credit list

Gary Todd Architecture
Spray lacquer finish – Resene Alabaster
Caesarstone Statuario Nuvo and Burlington grey porcelain tile
LED strip lighting; pendants over dining table – Melt, gold, by Tom Dixon
Kitchen sink
Mercer, undermount
Water dispenser
Taylor Purification
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Highly Commended
Interior designer
Di Henshall Interior Design
Oak Tobacco Grey, wide plank, by Haro Flooring
Viridian Glass, Black
Zenith Hydro tap,all in one; Buddy pullout mixer
Fisher & Paykel DishDrawers
Wine fridge
Fisher & Paykel, underbench

Story by: Charles Moxham

Photography by: Simon Darby and Di Henshall

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