Trends New Zealand Trends Volume 32 No 3 New Zealand - Page 56

Essential viewing Perched high for views and privacy, this home is comprised of two pavilions – one a social hub, the other a parental retreat Above: This low-slung holiday home designed by architect Regan Johnston sits high up and back on its site, providing privacy from neighbours and extensive views out over the lake and the mountains beyond. Facing page: Entry to the two-pavilion home is via a glazed lobby space at the point where the pavilions meet. The garaging and master suite are on the left as you enter, with the living spaces and guest accommodation to the right. Most of us have a dream of where we’d like to retire – a bach by the beach, something more rural, perhaps somewhere overseas. For this expat New Zealand couple living in Sydney, that place was Central Otago. And, although retirement was some time off, they were planning ahead when they engaged architect Regan Johnston to design their home on the shores of Lake Wanaka. “Coincidentally, they’d seen a house I’d designed in Trends and wanted something similar,” says Johnston. “They liked search | save | share at the spaces, the feel and materials I’d used and also the quality of the home.” Their requirements were simple – create a comfortable home that took full advantage of the elevated lakeside site and could accommodate their family of three adult children at any one time, without impacting on the parents’ use of the home. “It was a large site, at approximately 3300m2. But because it forms the gateway to a large subdivision, we had to be very mindful of the design, both from the point of view of the other residents, and also the