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Breathtaking views helped determine the design of this boutique lodge, and the choice of Rylock aluminium joinery to open up its corners

All the better to see through


For any hospitality project in a country setting, maximising views is a design priority. But this doesn't mean you have to choose a predictable option when it comes to the joinery.

Architect Ian Pritchard specified Rylock aluminium stacking doors for the new Mataro Lodge in Taranaki. These doors were designed to open up the corners of the building, enhancing the sense of an open pavilion.

Pritchard says the lodge comprises two main pavilions intersected by a solid concrete wall that provides the main horizontal axis. The solid look of the concrete is contrasted with floor-to-ceiling glazing to maximise the views from all rooms.

A gallery sitting area for guests has spectacular views out over countryside, while the individual suites open out to views of Mt Taranaki.

"The rhythm of the windows in these areas provides a design simplicity that adds to the sophisticated feel of the lodge," Pritchard says.


The low-maintenance joinery has a silver anodised finish, which was chosen for the way it takes on the character of the day, says Pritchard.

"This finish has a flat look that blends in well with the concrete on a dull day, yet it gives off a reflective sheen in bright sunlight."

Rylock New Plymouth supplied and installed the joinery. Director Rod Smith says the large stacking doors that open up the corners of the living and dining rooms are a design that is proving increasingly popular with homeowners.

"These doors provide an excellent way to extend a living area outdoors," he says.

Rylock New Plymouth specialises in aluminium joinery for new homes and conservatories, and also manufactures aluminium garage doors.

For more information on these products, contact Fletcher Aluminium, PO Box 14-107, Panmure, Auckland, phone (09) 574 1500, fax (09) 574 1600. To contact Rylock New Plymouth, phone (06) 758 8073, fax (06) 758 4157. .

First published date: 12 October 2003

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