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In this home, the living pavilion was carefully created to optimise views of the mountains and lake and to enjoy the sun


With the advantage of spectacular views over the mountains and lake, large windows were clearly integral to the design of this new home.

Architect Preston Stevens designed a living pavilion in the centre of the home to maximise views and sun. At one end, sliding doors open onto a balcony overlooking the lake while at the other end and on one side, bifolding doors off the living areas connect to terraces. On balmy days, the whole space can be opened up.

For environmental control, a freestanding block wall creating a partial screen between the sitting room and kitchen area and another behind the masonry fireplace act as passive thermal mass storage devices, moderating the temperature in the open-plan space.

As the owners like to cook and entertain, the kitchen and living functions had to flow.

"With its simple, social island design, the kitchen looks like a piece of furniture. It is carefully and deliberately laid out to meet the owners' brief, and can be closed down to conceal the functions of the kitchen," says Stevens.


"One owner wanted to have breakfast at the breakfast bar, while enjoying the view of the mountains and lake."

First published date: 28 July 2010

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Architect and kitchen designer Preston Stevens, NZIA, 2Architecture Studio (Queenstown)
Kitchen manufacturer Wedgewood Joinery
Oven Fisher & Paykel from Powerstore
Cooktop, microwave, oven, and steamer Bosch from Harvey Norman
Ventilation Asko from Harvey Norman
Refrigeration Westinghouse Virtuoso from Harvey Norman
Dishwasher Miele from Harvey Norman
Splashback Custom back-painted glass
Cabinetry and wallcoverings Clear finished hoop pine AA-grade plywood supplied by Plytech International
Back and end of island Hoop pine cut into strips and laid in a random pattern for a 3D feathered effect
Benchtops Custom 10mm thick stainless steel
Flooring American white oak
Floor tiles Silver metallic deck tiles from The Tile Place
Ceiling downlights and floor uplights Halcyon Lighting
Pendants Little Bit from Katalog
Sink Valore Onyx
Tapware Waterware Elisa from Edward Gibbon Plumbing Plus
Waste disposal InSinkErator from Harvey Norman