Trends New Zealand Trends Volume 32 No 3 New Zealand - Page 60

Above: The material palette has been kept simple – concrete floors, schist feature walls and American oak-lined ceilings. The three large chimney stacks visually anchor the house. Facing page top: During the warmer months, stepping stones over the reflection pond allow guests to access the living and dining area from a veranda running along the front of the home. Facing page lower: A full-height picture window, with views over a reflection pond to the lake, separates the living spaces from the guest rooms. in the summer months,” says Johnston. Entry to the home is at the point where the two pavilions meet – to the left is the master suite, to the right the living area and guest accommodation. Turning into the living pavilion, you’re greeted by a full-height picture window, flanked by schist walls, with views out over a reflection pond to the lake. “We wanted the clients to feel they were on holiday from the moment they enter the house. As you come into the lobby space, it’s very tranquil, what with search | save | share at the water and the earthy materials.” The other purpose of the reflection pond is to physically separate the public and private spaces in this part of the home. On one side, a wide gallery leads to three large guest bedrooms, all with lake views, plus a shared bathroom. On the other side, the space opens to a large, light-filled room, with floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides. This contains the living, dining and kitchen areas. The material palette throughout the house has been kept simple, with concrete