Trends New Zealand Trends Volume 32 No 2 New Zealand - Page 80

Previous pages, above, and facing page lower: The hillside home is an entertainer’s dream. Guests arrive at the mid-level and descend via curving stairs to the double-height living spaces. These open to the stepped landscaping and pool. The owners wanted the kitchen and the bar area to the rear to be on a more intimate scale. The temperature-controlled wine storage separates from the bar area with curved glass doors. Facing page top: The entire home is floored with poured-in-place terrazzo. However, the warmth of wood is introduced on the kitchen ceiling. Backpainted glass cabinetry reflects the light and views. The front door opens directly on to the central level with immediate views over the double-height living spaces below. A winding staircase leads down to the entertaining level in an architectural gesture worthy of the movie Sunset Boulevard. On the mid-level, two large guest suites are separated by the entry. This floor provides a buffer between the public level below and the master suite and office which are situated on the top floor. In terms of material continuity, the distinctive limestone cladding is repeated search | save | share at trendsideas.com inside on an upper side wall in the living area, where the volume drops to one level to enclose an adjacent outdoor living area. The limestone’s custom pattern is an interpretation of the texture of bamboo. “Towards the back of the space, a long, curved Venetian plaster wall echoes the shape of the home. This signature curve becomes a theme of the house and is repeated in various areas, from exterior and interior walls to the bar island, pool and hard landscaping,” says Mungall. The highly polished plaster wall also