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While the view from this hilltop home is a key attraction, the house itself is the centre of attention. Its sweeping curves and large loggias are a design trademark of Don Nelson & Associates

Commanding perspective


A dramatic site is often best complemented by bold architecture. And a hilltop location, such as the one featured on these pages, is a prime example.

Designed by Don Nelson & Associates, the landmark homestead on Te Mata Peak in Hawke's Bay is positioned to take advantage of the panoramic views. Sweeping curves, extensive covered terraces, and formal stairs leading to a swimming pool enhance a sense of grandeur. But the design also provides for a relaxed New Zealand lifestyle, with bifold doors opening to the terraces from the main living areas and bedrooms.

Curves are a dominant feature inside as well as outside – there are curved windows and a curved staircase in the grand entrance foyer.

Much of the interior decor is complemented by the dramatic scenery. As well as full-height windows throughout the house, a series of small windows at the top of the stairwell frames sections of the rugged Te Mata Peak landscape.

The site itself is extensively landscaped with succulents and rocks that complement the setting.


Don Nelson & Associates specialises in the design of new homes and undertakes renovation projects throughout New Zealand. The company also has several offshore commissions.

Ensuring each home is quality controlled and built to a high standard is a priority for the company, especially in respect to waterproofing. Treated timber and exterior cladding systems with ventilation cavities are teamed with window, door and parapet flashing designed by the cladding manufacturers. Roofs and decks feature a continuous double layer, heat-sealed rubber membrane.

For more details, contact Don Nelson & Associates, phone (09) 486 4698, mobile 0274 967 450, fax (09) 489 6447. Email: .

First published date: 04 October 2005

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