Trends New Zealand Volume 33 No 4 - Page 71

The ensuite is positioned internally, for quietness and privacy, while the owners can still appreciate the views by looking through the master bedroom to the water. The two wings are slightly splayed, each training its views on a different yacht club on the opposite side of the river. Downstairs, the left wing contains a second sitting room and guest suite while across the central circulation void there are the daughters’ bedrooms and a retreat space. The inclusion of the extra sitting room makes this level self sufficient, too, apart from cooking needs. The left wing’s outdoor room looks to the elegant garden terraces that step down to the river. A strong palette of natural materials appropriate to the river setting is another feature of the home. The cool travertine facades wrap around as interior walls in the atrium – creating an indoor-outdoor feel. Timber on the floors and on the bal- cony ceiling was echoed in the built-in walnut cabinetry and door frames, both materials working well with the home’s prominent steelwork. Top: The wooden staircase matches the wooden floors on the lower level. The riserless, open-slat design optimises views through to the river. Above: The master ensuite is positioned internally within the upstairs bedroom wing for privacy and quiet. There are views through the bedroom to the river but the windows seen here are fixed, with shutters admitting natural light. Both the freestanding bath and wall-hung vanity add to the sense of space in the already large room. search | save | share at