New holiday home with pared-back architecture designed to maximise great views

Contemporary kitchen in holiday home features Southland beech timber, composite stone and mirror splashback to reflect great views

Story by: Colleen Hawkes
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Southland beech timber, composite stone benchtops and a polished aggregate floor enhance the natural look of this kitchen in a new holiday home designed by architect Barry Condon of Sarah Scott Architects. The sink is positioned in front of a tall window to maximise spectacular views of Lake Hawea and the Southern Alps.

Holiday homes are, by nature, often sited in the more picturesque parts of the country. But while there's a need to maximise the views, no-one wants to compromise the functionality of the kitchen.

This house, on the shores of Lake Hawea, was designed by architect Barry Condon of Sarah Scott Architects to offer the best of both worlds.

"The kitchen is part of an open-plan living space that captures the 180° views and opens up to a large deck," Condon says. "This entire space is used for family living and entertaining there's an easy flow between all areas, and the outdoors."


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The views in this new holiday home are reflected in the mirrored splashback. To maintain the pared-back, linear aesthetic of the architecture, the streamlined cabinets have recessed pulls. A sleek induction cooktop and concealed power pack ventilation unit also help to keep the look uncluttered. The architecture is by Barry Condon of Sarah Scott Architects.

To further maintain the sense of connection between inside and out, the kitchen echoes the pared-back aesthetic of the architecture.

"We have used the same clean-lined architectural language," says Condon. "The floor is polished concrete with an exposed aggregate sourced locally, and Southland beech timber appears on the overhead cabinets and peninsula. And a timber acoustic ceiling helps to counter any noise generated by the hard surfaces."

The timber is teamed with composite stone benchtops and white lacquered cabinets that bounce the light. A mirrored splashback reflects the spectacular view, and enables the owners to keep an eye on children playing in the family room.

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Large sliding doors open up the entire family living space in this holiday home to an expansive deck that is ideal for informal entertaining. The raised cabinet at the inside end of the peninsula incorporates a handy nook for car keys and phone chargers. The design is by architect Barry Condon of Sarah Scott Architects.

Condon says every item has its own space in the kitchen there is even a concealed cabinet on the left side of the peninsula with storage for board games.

Vertical pantries and large drawers help to maximise the storage.

Sep 25, 2015

Credit list

Architect
Barry Condon, Sarah Scott Architects (Wanaka)
Benchtops
Reconstituted stone in Raven
Sink
Oliveri
Refrigerator
Fisher & Paykel
Flooring
Polished concrete
Cabinetry
Southland beech with lacquer finish
Splashback
Mirror
Oven, cooktop, ventilation and dishwasher
Miele
Lighting
The Lighthouse
Awards
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Highly Commended
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