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Strong and simple Despite their diversity, these kitchens all achieve dramatic impact through the use of sculptural cabinetry and a limited colour palette

From behind closed doors Tall cabinetry in this sculptural kitchen conceals appliances, a pantry, and a laundry entrance A new kitchen in a modern extension to a heritage home often has to respond to two aesthetics – furthering the clean-lined appeal of the addition while linking with the residence’s classic origins. Here, a wellchosen tile helped bridge the generations. The minimalist kitchen forms part of a clean-lined addition to an historic cottage. Lead designer Darren Genner and the team at Minosa undertook the kitchen together with the house renovation, and had already used an unusual Italian 3m x 1.2mm, lace-patterned tile to add a touch

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of modernity to existing bathrooms at the front of the cottage. The tile comes in eight harmonising patterns. And Genner was also able to use the same tile as a backdrop for the kitchen – to converse effect. Here, its delicate pattern offered a classic accent in the context of the modern spaces. Besides playing to the old and the new, the kitchen had to achieve impact, be well organised, have a long island and include a discreet entry to the laundry behind. Genner says other owner requirements were the use of high-quality materials and

fittings, working with immovable plumbing, and incorporating a breakfast area. “To address the organisation of the galley kitchen and provide a hidden entry to the laundry, the tall pantry, refrigerator and oven towers were positioned next to the laundry access,” says Genner. “All these elements – the cabinetry, the laundry wall and laundry door – were finished in the same veneer, concealing not only the laundry but also the pantry and fridge.” The remaining wall space was utilised for the cooktop and prep bench. Ample

storage is offered by the deep underbench perimeter drawers and upper cabinets. The overhead cabinets operate electronically. Utilising Blum Aventos, the doors lift and fold up with the touch of a button. The darker overheads also conceal the rangehood, ensuring the kitchen’s clean lines and furniture-like appeal remains intact. One challenge for Genner was his late engagement. His work on the design began after the concrete floor slab had been poured, so the sink waste had already been locked into position on the island.

“Luckily the clients’ request for a long island was achievable and we were able to position the double bowl sink in the ideal position along this to meet the drainage.” The island also houses the dishwasher, recycling bins and further deep storage. “An open section was incorporated into the island, with stools in front, creating an area for breakfast or chatting,” Genner says. “And a wooden dining table was added at the end of the space. Its solid walnut top connects with the dark wood veneer cabinetry finishes in the kitchen.”

Previous pages: In this kitchen addition by lead designer Darren Genner and the design team at Minosa a large porcelain tile with a delicate lace pattern creates an echo of traditional wall coverings – providing a material connection between the modern living area extension and the existing heritage cottage. These pages: An elegant composition of crisp rectilinear forms and white, grey and wood tones, the contemporary kitchen provides a sculptural focus for the adjacent spaces.

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Designer: Minosa; lead designer, Darren Genner KBDI, HIA, DIA; design team: Simona Castagna, Nenos Seamendo, Miao Sun and Belinda Nadile Kitchen manufacturer: Square Peg Joinery Cabinetry: Even Arabica and Even Havana timber veneer; Dulux Lexicon half Cabinetry hardware: Blum Tandembox Invito; Blumotion door hinges: Blum Servo-Drive Uno electronic drawer system; Blum Aventos lift-up system Benchtops: Kitchen – Corian; laundry – Silestone; island – calacatta marble from Arte Domus Wall tiles: Italian XXL porcelain tiles, 3m x 1.2m Tile flooring: Over-sized porcelain tiles Kitchen sink: Undermount Blanco Subline 400U

Taps: Armando Vicario Oven: V-Zug Combair SL Steam oven: V-Zug Combair steam Cooktop: V-Zug induction Ventilation: Schweigen Refrigeration: Fisher & Paykel Dishwasher: Smeg STL825A Lighting: LED strip lighting; Audrey downlight; Optimal-Kane tubular ceiling light Accessories: Evoline Pop-up GPO benchtop port

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Facing page: The galley-style kitchen has close work triangles and ample handy work surfaces. The kitchen is also flooded with natural light. This page: With the door and wall of the laundry in the same veneer as the cabinetry, both elements literally disappear into the woodwork. Additional storage is provided in the laundry when required. Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Nicole England

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Upon reflection This black back-painted glass kitchen is matched with Smeg’s latest Linea appliances and sink

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Close reflection goes into every great kitchen design but this project took the concept literally. The owners wanted a black, high-gloss kitchen that would reflect the home’s beautiful harbour and city views, says designer Damian Hannah. “To achieve this, we created the cabinetry, splashback and benchtops in almost mirror-finish black back-painted glass. An all black kitchen can be overpowering so we added aluminium recessed cabinet handles and matching brushed aluminium toekicks to soften the black.” While the shiny black surfaces command attention, this kitchen is also highly functional.

“We set the two Linea Smeg ovens side by side at the owners’ request as they didn’t really want a stacked effect in the galley kitchen. We then added the beautiful Smeg four-in-a-row gas hob, with its classic raised trivets, alongside.” Hannah says that installing the delicate glass benchtop can be unforgiving – so being able to position the slender hob effortlessly in the rear bench with minimal cutting was a major bonus. And the designer specified the Smeg double sink in the island for similar reasons. The sink is in the same slender proportions as the hob and as such provides a pleasing symmetrical link.

In addition, the sink has a mixer and air switch built into the central stainless steel partition so it’s easy to use and again avoided the potential to compromise the glass by cutting holes into it. “The recessed aluminium strip handles and toekicks ideally complement the matt stainless steel accent strips on the Linea appliances.” For detailed information on the Smeg Linea Collection, visit the web: search: smeg or 48815 at

Facing page: The shiny boldness of this kitchen by designer Damian Hannah is offset by pops of colour from rugs and artworks. The black cabinetry runs on into the next room, too, blurring the lines of the kitchen. Above: A picture of black backpainted glass, the kitchen has two Linea wall ovens, a Linea gas, fourburner hob and a double stainless steel sink with mixer and air switch. Photography by Paul McCredie.

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Today’s kitchens are designed in a wide variety of styles – from traditional to contemporary, plus everything in between. The Trends International Design Awards – TIDAs – recognise this rich diversity with a search for the best kitchens across a number of the countries where Trends has a presence. In this issue we congratulate five New Zealand and Australian entries that were Highly Commended in the 2016 TIDA Kitchen awards.

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At one with the scenery This relaxed kitchen and pantry area in a lakeside holiday home is designed for its open connections and sheer convenience

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Light-filled and informal are words often used to describe the classic Kiwi holiday home. And central to achieving that feel is the treatment of the kitchen. The kitchen seen here is in just such a breezy getaway – the lakeside house was designed by Fraser Cameron Architects and the kitchen by the firm’s interiors consultant Belinda Ellis. “The brief was for a relaxed, flexible home on the sloping, bush-clad site. The kitchen and large scullery were to be tucked into one side of the trussed, high-ceiling living space and had to complement the wider decor,” says Ellis.

The kitchen also needed to easily connect to the outdoor spaces on both sides of the home. “The location, circulation and orientation to the multiple indoor and outdoor living spaces required a classic central island design,” says Ellis. “The kitchen proper holds the primary facilities – cooker, main refrigerator, large sink and a wide DishDrawer dishwasher. The rear scullery has a second sink, a large fridge drawer, and a cabinet sized to accommodate a second DishDrawer if required in the future. “The long bench had to be kept quite narrow for space and furnishing considerations.”

Above left: Distressed mismatched oak veneer cabinetry in this kitchen designed by interiors consultant Belinda Ellis matches the rustic oak floors in the lakeside getaway. Top and above: The central cabinetry pod with its graphic encaustic tile splashback is designed to stand out within the living space. In contrast, the pantry is finished to merge with the pale-toned grooved ply and batten wall and ceiling finishes.

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Architect: Fraser Cameron Architects Kitchen designer: Belinda Ellis, interiors consultant, Fraser Cameron Architects Owners: Dan Kirton and Sylvie Doclot Cabinetry: Bespoke oak veneer stained to match selected flooring, supplied by Cromptons Joinery Cabinetry hardware: Blum drawer hardware; Hafele Le Mans corner unit Benchtops: Carrara marble, stainless steel Flooring: B&O Casa NZ Lighting: Coombes and Gabbie Lighting; Caravaggio pendants Splashback: Encaustic tiles from Vietnam Kitchen sink: BFD by Burns & Ferrall from Cromptons Joinery Taupo Taps: Grohe K7 at main sink; Metrix Paini Cox in scullery; both from Plumbing World Awards: Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchen – Highly Commended Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Matt Jordan

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Previous pages and above right: Some functionality for the kitchen is housed in an adjacent building that, along with the living spaces, opens to a shared grassed courtyard. Features of the kitchen and living room space include trussed ceilings and three Caravaggio pendants. Right, top: A deck with seating overlooking the dense bush and lake is a few steps from the kitchen.

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At the request of the owners and to create a pleasing sense of proportion for the island, Ellis added broad shelving under the countertop. Overall, the kitchen offers a visually simple but highly textured palette of natural materials, continuing finishes found throughout the home. “For example, the look of the prefinished sandblasted and stained oak floor is echoed in the island and wall cabinetry treatments. The floor is a practical as well as aesthetic choice as it doesn’t show the pumice dust from the local area and is a delight to walk on in bare feet.” The cabinet fronts are in a mismatched oak

veneer, stained and sealed. This product is made up of veneer strips of varying width which are wire brushed for a textured finish. The resulting plank-like effect ideally matches the oak floors. The encaustic tile splashback was chosen by the owners – a bold graphic reference to one of their favourite restaurants. In the scullery, elements are instead painted to recede and blend with the grooved ply and batten wall and ceilings featured throughout. Countertops are in marble and stainless steel, the latter practical surface matching the relaxedlook freestanding stainless steel appliances.


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Black and white world With its dark cabinetry and marble mosaic splashback this kitchen offers quiet drama without overpowering idyllic garden views

Previous pages: This two-tone kitchen by Hillam Architects combines white stone benchtops with dark wood veneer cabinetry. A white mosaic splashback stands out from the minimalist cabinetry. Above: The generous walk-in scullery is straight ahead – in between the two banks of curving cabinets. A discreet door to the right of the kitchen opens to a concealed study.

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It’s fair to say that domestic architecture has really lightened up over recent decades – rooms have switched from oppressive to open-plan, while windows have evolved into full-height glass panels. This kitchen and its adjacent areas within a 1980s home are a case in point. Lead interior designer and associate at Hillam Associates Hollie Raymond-Baker says the reworked kitchen was part a of wider upgrade of the home. “The owners wanted an open-plan dining, kitchen and connected living space that looked out to the outdoor entertaining area to the rear of the site,” says Raymond-Baker. “However,

we had to be respectful of the form of the home while adapting the plan for 21st century living.” Replacing the cramped, under-considered existing kitchen, the new version is open to the dining area and views. A blackbutt wall-sized door pulls back so the living room beyond can also connect to the kitchen and this outlook. As part of the drive to ensure the kitchen didn’t detract from the scenery, the kitchen has clean, minimalist lines and integrated elements. A television in the cabinetry beside the bar area can be hidden by pivot sliding doors while the kitchen’s two large fridges are integrated just

Left: Push-to-open handles on the cabinetry create unbroken surfaces in visual terms, adding to the minimalist look. Appliances are either fully integrated or in black and stainless steel. The in-door icemaker is the only clue to the whereabouts of the kitchen’s substantial refrigeration. The blackbutt wood wall to the left is actually an operable door that opens to the living spaces. A mirror splashback in the bar area adds to the sense of space and reflects the garden views.

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Architect: David Hillam, Hillam Architects; design team: Thomas Letherbarrow, Hollie Raymond-Baker, Felipe Soto and Kim Ling Cabinetry: Even Ravenna timber veneer by Eveneer Cabinetry hardware: Blum Benchtops: Essastone Flooring: Attica Tiles from Saltino Perla Splashback: Marble mosaics from Attica Tiles Kitchen sink: Epure Zone from GWA Taps: Oliveri from Reece Oven, cooktop, ventilation, refrigeration, dishwasher: Miele Water dispenser: Zip Wine fridge: Vintec Awards: Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Highly Commended Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Joel Barbitta

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Above right: The bar area to the left of the kitchen is handy to both the dining and living spaces. There is also a bar fridge integrated into the cabinetry. As part of the 1980s home’s 21st century fit-out, speakers are fitted into the ceiling. Stone-look porcelain floors add to the natural aesthetic and help ground the large kitchen and dining space.

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round the corner in the same bank of cabinetry. For the same reason, the long custom rangehood is also concealed within the upper perimeter cabinetry. With so much hidden away, the dark cabinetry and contrasting white stone counters take on an almost furniture-like appeal. However, not everything is understated. The curving splashback is in white marble mosaic tile, contrasting the dark veneer. The island has a broad overhang and stools, making it a social gathering point and breakfast area. The bar helps connect the design with the wider space while the dropped ceiling contains

localised services and defines the kitchen. An existing powder room to the rear was reworked as a scullery with storage and prep surfaces, helping keep the on-show kitchen clutter-free. Set around the corner from the kitchen, the scullery has white cabinetry and the same white engineered benchtops as the kitchen. Positioning the two substantial fridges in the connecting cabinetry means they are equally handy to both the kitchen and the scullery. The white door at the other corner of the kitchen opens to a study. “Generous use of wood, stone and glass, gives the space warmth and elegance,” says the designer.


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Two-tone simplicity This minimalist kitchen presents as a bold yet understated black and white composition to the adjacent living spaces Above: This kitchen in a warehouse conversion presents as a composition of black and white planes to the living spaces. However, while bold and simple, it offers ample storage and plenty of cooking options. Facing page: LED lights above the cabinets and under the island benchtop bring added atmosphere at night. The concrete floors are original.

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Creating an upstairs kitchen for a warehouse conversion doesn’t necessarily mean running to your check-list for semi-industrial materials. This clean-lined, black and white kitchen by designer Lara Farmilo responds to the scale of its setting, but the look is sleek and minimalist. The kitchen is a balanced composition of white cabinetry, black ceramic benchtops, a black back-painted glass splashback and satin stainless steel – seen in the matching fridge and freezer appliances, and accents on the wall ovens. “To an extent, the kitchen is intended to disappear into the white of the greater space,”

says Farmilo. “However, the island’s waterfall benchtop does make for a strong sculptural statement. Adding a negative detail between the benchtop and legs lightens its bulk slightly.” Every modern convenience is included, such as electric push-to-open cabinet hardware – a feature particularly useful on the high display cabinets over the cooking area and refrigeration. This and the negative detail handles on other cabinets contribute to the crisp, detail-free look. The room’s height is accentuated by uplights over the top cabinets – matched by downlights under these cabinets and under the island bench.

Designer: Lara Farmilo, Akzente Cabinetry: Poggenpohl, high gloss lacquer with laser-applied edging Cabinet hardware: Poggenpohl; Blum Benchtops: Lapitec, Nero Antracite from PSP Stonecraft Flooring: Polished concrete Splashback: Back-painted glass from Graphic Glass Kitchen sink: Project from Totara Marketing Oven, warming drawer, microwave: Miele Cooktop: Miele Induction Ventilation: Gutmann Llano, integrated, from Poggenpohl Refrigerator: Liebherr, side-by-side Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Mark Scowen

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Left: The concealed ventilation unit and almost flush hob add to the kitchen’s minimalist aesthetic. The separate but matching fridge and freezer – both in matt stainless steel – look like a single unit in the design. There are no handles on the cabinets. They are either electronic push to open or have a negative detail which doubles as a handle on the other cabinets. Existing grey concrete floors provide the perfect grounding for the black and white design.


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Everything in its place Careful space planning and allocation of materials optimises the flow and demarcation of this kitchen and its ancillary spaces

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Previous pages: The elongated island in this kitchen by BE Architecture has a working zone and a social zone. The 3.5m long island is designed for casual gatherings at the end easily accessed from the living spaces. Above: The view from the living area looking across the end of the kitchen. Textured subway tiles laid in traditional format add a classic, hand-worked flavour to the modern space. Wood joinery also features.

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Divide and rule, the saying goes – a concept reflected in this multi-room project by architect Andrew Piva and the team at BE Architecture. “The owner’s brief was for a practical kitchen that would retain a tidy look even when in use,” Piva says. “In response, we designed a cleanlined, expansive kitchen that looks the part from the adjacent living spaces and added a prep pantry room for the messier aspects of cooking.” In fact, the layout went further than that, creating two separate zones within the greater space, part of an addition to a period home. “The owner wanted the circulation to respond

to her movements separately to those of visitors, so two zones were created to achieve this. One route flows from her parking spot into the mudroom, and past a storage area and the pantry to the kitchen. A more public route leads from the formal entry to the living spaces and kitchen.” The kitchen and ancillary spaces – there’s also a small study annexed off the pantry – are designed to complement rather than echo the look of the original residence. In fact, there are two ‘looks’ within the expansive kitchen and, while quite different, they both reflect attention to design detail and craftsmanship.

“The materials are honest and balanced but not to period,” says the architect. “However, the design still needed to suit the age and style and context of the original building – hence our emphasis on textural detailing. “The kitchen and pantry walls are clad in a textured handmade white ceramic subway tile. In the kitchen, the tiling is punctuated with door openings in blackened steel, carrying the home’s window detailing into the space. The two-tone effect is reinforced with the custom, slender blackened steel light over the island benchtop. The 3.5m long island operates as two zones –

one end for working on the other for seating.” The hand-painted beadboard ceiling and light-stained timber floors also add to the sense of a crafted aesthetic. However, there is more to the demarcation of space in this design. While the business side of the kitchen is a picture of gleaming stainless steel appliances integrated into stainless steel cabinetry, the other side – nearest to the living areas – is finished in refined wood joinery. BE Architecture’s design subtly delineates connections and separations while evoking the feel of a working kitchen with an artisanal air.

Above left: The pantry next to the kitchen has the same black, white, and wood look as the main kitchen. As well as a prep bench under the window for natural light, the space includes additional storage, secondary appliances and a butcher’s block-look island. Legend: 1 Main kitchen, 2 walk-in pantry, 3 ancillary study space

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House and kitchen architects: Andrew Piva and Jon Boucher, BE Architecture; design director, Broderick Ely Cabinetry maker: Distinct Joinery Cabinetry: Silver Oak veneer from Amerind; stainless steel from Mckinna Sheetmetal Cabinet hardware: Custom integrated wood and stainless steel pulls Benchtops: Grigio Armani from Signorino Flooring: Venture Plank Smoked Oak Fendi from Havwoods Lighting: Inlight downlights and BE custom-designed pendant lights made by McKinna Sheetmetal Splashback: Naturalistic white ceramic wall tiles from Academy Tiles Kitchen sink: Integrated stainless steel made by McKinna Sheetmetal Taps: Gessi Oxi-gene from Abey Oven, cooktop, wine fridge: Miele Fridge, dishwasher: Miele, integrated Ventilation: A Grade Finish Stainless, custom designed by BE Architecture, casing made by McKinna Sheetmetal Awards: Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchen – Highly Commended Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Peter Clarke

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Right: Separate but connected – while meals and drinks can be served across the benchtop counter separating the kitchen from the living spaces, pedestrian access through to the social end of the kitchen island is welcomed. Glass doors to the far right bathe the island and greater kitchen in natural light. Stained wood floors complement the crafted aesthetic.

Industrial strength A limited, semi-industrial material palette ensures this kitchen makes a dramatic, cohesive and welcoming statement

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Previous and facing pages: Brick-look panelling, black and white cabinetry, a concrete island benchtop, wood floors and stainless steel come together to create this semi-industrial kitchen, designed by Dominique Van Roosmalen. Above: An L shape repeats through the design – seen on the appliance garage and upper cabinet, on the flue, and again framing the front door. Clerestory windows admit plenty of natural light.

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When the kitchen’s the first thing that guests see when they step through your front door, it really does need to be a show stopper. Such was the case with this bold kitchen by Dominique Van Roosmalen, a designer at Mackay Kitchens. “The owners were clear in what they wanted – a loft style, semi-industrial feel that would complement the broad use of brick, concrete, and wood throughout the new home,” she says. “A concrete island bench was to be the hub of the design, and other finishes needed to build on this to ensure the kitchen became a cohesive focal point for family and guests.

The island’s cabinetry is finished in a black Melteca, which offers a hardwearing surface and contributes to the kitchen’s semi-commercial feel. This dark tone is repeated in lacquer on the wall cabinetry that surrounds the fridge. The designer says it was an obvious choice to specify all the perimeter benchtops in stainless steel, a traditional semi-industrial surface that works well with the Muros Rustic Brick wall panels selected by the owners. The low-upkeep metal benches are matched with stainless steel appliances, including a custom stainless steel rangehood. The flue is designed in a distinctive

Designer: Dominique Van Roosmalen, Mackay Kitchens Cabinetry: Perimeter: Luxe Acrylic, in Blanco and MDF lacquered Black, low sheen; island: Melteca Black, naturale finish Benchtops: Perimeter: stainless steel; island: polished concrete Floor: Wood Splashback: Stainless steel Kitchen sink: Robique by Heritage Hardware Oven: Ilve freestanding cooker Ventilation: Canopy Refrigeration: Samsung Dishwasher: Fisher & Paykel Wine fridge: Vintec Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Jamie Cobel

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Top: Raised aesthetic – this appliance garage fold-up door screens clutter and small appliances from sight. Above: What’s behind the pantry door to the right of the refrigerator? Almost everything as it turns out thanks to the designer introducing a space-saving double Hafele Tandem pantry organiser.

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L shape, transforming a practical element into a sculptural one. While all these features add up to a bold, semi industrial-look, the kitchen also has all the domestic facilities and storage requirements. “The island alone contains an underbench microwave and drinks refrigerator, as well as a 900mm wide Fisher and Paykel dish drawer,” says Van Roosmalen. To optimise storage and not crowd-out the red brick walls, the designer specified a large double Hafele Tandem pantry. This provides for maximum food storage in the 1200mm wide area,

ensuring the owners and their three children are never lacking in space for food and drink items. And, as is important in a bustling family kitchen, all the smaller appliances are close to hand. To achieve this, Van Roosmalen added an on-bench appliance cupboard with a top-hung, bi-fold door. This conveniently hides the toaster and jug, while an abundance of drawers allow items like toastie makers and popcorn poppers to be hidden away, but within easy reach. Everything has its place here – an oil drawer to the side of the cooker allows for speedy access to oils and sauces while working at the cooktop.

Warm and welcoming Crisp white and wood cabinetry is teamed with a black back-painted glass splashback in this custom project by Kitchen Theme Whatever the function or layout, a new kitchen has to, above everything, appeal to an owner’s sense of style – after all he or she will be greeted by it every single day. Kitchen Theme creates fully furnished, high-end but affordable kitchens with an emphasis on a client’s individual tastes. At the same time, Kitchen Theme designs reflect optimum ergonomic layouts and state-of-the art hardware and appliances. This design was for a young couple wanting a spacious, welcoming look for their new kitchen set within an open-plan

living environment, says Kitchen Theme’s lead designer Patrick Huang. “Our white cabinetry faces and white benchtops match the room’s white walls, creating the feeling of space that the client requested. At the same time, wood accents seen on the island, recessed handles, and oven niche link with the Laminex woodlook floor, for a warm, natural aesthetic.” The kitchen boasts European Hafele hardware and ample storage, including a concealed bar area to the left of the inset wine rack, another client request. An

integrated fridge is to the right of the rack. Kitchen Theme’s kitchens are crafted in its own cabinet-making facility, keeping costs down and ensuring exacting quality. For details, contact Kitchen Theme, phone (09) 414 6166, email:; see more online: search 48666 at Above: White and wood cabinetry matched with Laminex wood-look flooring and an open layout make this kitchen a pleasure to work in day to day.

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Luxury plus This glamorous kitchen by architectural kitchen designer Aurora Australis combines refined materials with technology-rich advantages

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With increasing design emphasis placed on the kitchen in today’s interiors, it makes sense to ensure yours stands out from the crowd. Key to this is choosing a kitchen design company that offers the very best in smart layouts, opulent finishes, and all the latest high-tech advantages. Aurora Australis Interior is an architectural kitchen design firm specialising in upmarket, lifestyle kitchens and seamless, hassle-free project management, says chief designer Robert Xia. “Contemporary, minimalist styles are a focus. This project features Aurora Australis’ Gaea Collection cabinetry and is a great example

of the glamorous kitchens that we’re known for,” Xia says. “The design offers a natural, peaceful aesthetic with cabinetry finishes in warm Dusty Elm Wooden Wilderness panel matched with a crisp, mirror-finish high-gloss lacquer.” Touches like echoing the form of the stepped peninsula in the entertainment cabinet alongside contribute to the kitchen’s elegant presence. “The design also reflects a clever use of space. Both the rear cooking area and the dining room behind the kitchen can be quickly screened from sight with pivot-slide doors, for a clean look.” The luxurious designer kitchen also boasts

all the latest smart technologies. It is equipped with an advanced voice-controlled system for hands-free control over the lights, television and air conditioner. The voice-operated LED lighting comes with 16 million colour options – letting the owners change the ambience at will. The cabinetry has Blum Servo-Drive, touchto-open systems integrated into Blum premium Legrabox drawers, which are a pleasure to use. For details, contact Aurora Australis Interior, Unit 1/155 Blenheim Rd, Christchurch, phone: (03) 423 9067, email: or go to the web:

These pages This luxury kitchen is by Aurora Australis Interior, a company focussed on upmarket, technologyrich kitchens. The advanced kitchen was installed by Markov Installation while the house it features in was built by Maxhome Construction. MF Turnbull Christchurch created the kitchen’s gleaming lacquer finishes. Images by Diederik Van Heyningen.

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Pampering plus These spaces reflect a diversity of materials and themes – what they share is a sense of sanctuary and comfort

Ciao bellissimo Classic Italian style meets modern convenience in this scenery-oriented, high-end master suite

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The beauty of classical Italian architecture will never fall from favour – on the other hand, a bit of pampering modernity goes a long way too. In this indoor-outdoor master suite the two merge to opulent effect. The suite and the home around it were designed by Robert Hidey Architects, with Sherman Jones as project director. “One of the most luxurious aspects of this suite is the open balcony,” says Jones. “With no near neighbours, the owners can exit the bathroom through the stacking glass pocket doors and relax by the outdoor fireplace, augmented by ceiling heaters, while taking in the views.”

“This house has an Italian rustic sensibility, seen in touches like the stone cladding that runs into the balcony, the shiplap ceiling and exposed wood beams, and ornate iron guard railings.” The bathroom furthers the Mediterranean aesthetic, with classic deep archways – the first connecting to a walk-in dressing room and the second, symmetrically opposite, leading to the master bedroom. Paonazzetto, a delicate Italian marble with an elegant veining, features on the floors and walls and continues outside as the balcony floor. “The vanity cabinet face has a classic Roman

feel, too. However, this is topped with a durable engineered stone which in turn has a freestanding basin on it,” says Jones. “These are both modern inclusions. Even the vanity’s cantilevered effect is a fairly modern concept and there’s an instant hot water system hidden behind the scenes.” This balance of the classic and modern is played out throughout the space. The mirror above the vanity includes a vanishing television and the shower stall is a contemporary picture of frameless glass. Of course the glass pocket doors that let the bather take in the scenery from the tub or the lounger are another modern touch.

Previous pages and facing page: Indoors and outdoors blur in this suite by Robert Hidey Architects. Stacking glass doors separate the master bathroom from the balcony. Top and above: Rustic-look shiplap ceilings on the balcony are continued in the master bedroom. The grand master suite reflects a welcoming fusion of typical classical Italian elements and modern convenience, such as the stainless steel gas fires.

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Architect, bathroom designer: Robert Hidey Architects; project director, Sherman Jones Interior designer: Pacific Dimensions Builder: CalAtlantic Homes Cabinet company: Royal Cabinets Tub, vanity, shower fittings, toilet: Kohler Vanity countertop: Hanstone Alexandria Basin: Leaf Vessel in white, by Kohler Faucets: Oblo in chrome by Kohler Hot water systems: Noritz tankless water heater, Metlund Demand system Shower stall: Frameless glass from Residential Designer Services Floor and wall tiles: Paonazzetto marble, polished and honed from Bedrosians Accessories: Seura vanishing tv mirror Windows: Milgard Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Eric Figge, courtesy of CalAtlantic Homes

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Left: A contemporary rectilinear black-framed dressing room door sits beyond one of the bathroom’s two classical archways – an example of the design’s marriage of the classic and the new. The ergonomic tub is oriented to the views beyond the glass doors while an in-mirror television offers another form of entertainment. The mirror is back-lit for effect and a towel shelf is tucked under the cantilevered vanity.

All in the open This master suite doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to open-plan design – even dispensing with the concept of separate wardrobe space

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While most of us enjoy the advantages of open-plan kitchen and living areas, we may still be hesitant about going down the same track for our bedrooms and bathrooms. But that wasn’t a concern for the owners of the master suite shown here. The suite is on the upper floor of a contemporary tropical home by architect John Bulcock. And, as with the house itself, the clients were happy to push the design boundaries, especially when it came to degrees of transparency and openness. “It’s connected spatially and visually

to the rest of the house,” says Bulcock. “You can see it from the ground level when you enter, and you can look down from it to the rest of the house.” This openness also applies to the design of the suite itself, which forgoes the usual division of bedroom, bathroom and closet/dressing room. “From the start, the client didn’t want to have enclosed spaces, but just wanted everything in the open,” says Bulcock. Most unusually, this applies to the way clothes are stored. Instead of a separate

dressing room or walk-in wardrobe, storage is provided by an orderly display of white boxes on double wooden shelves that run along the length of one wall of the suite. The shelves are attached to the room’s steel column supports, and bars running between them allow for clothes to be hung up too – though the owners are currently not using them for this purpose. Plus one set of shelves on the opposite wall is used as a study area. By combining the headboard with the vanity as a freestanding unit, the design

Facing page, top: A private roof garden connects to the master suite in this contemporary tropical home by architect John Bulcock of Design Unit. Facing page, lower: As with the rest of the home, the master suite is very transparent, but can still be screened off for privacy as required. Above: The bedroom and bathroom are essentially one open space. The headboard divides the room into its two functions, supporting the vanity on the other side. The suite has no associated dressing room – a collection of white boxes and rails to hang clothes provide all the required storage.

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Above: One set of shelves to the side of the bathroom are used a convenient study area. Above right: A double basin vanity is cantilevered on the other side of the bedhead, with two doublesided mirrors suspended above. Facing page: As throughout the house, services were left exposed within the concrete structure. This even applies to the water heater above the shower, though it is wrapped in perforated stainless steel. The bathroom can be opened up to outside views by raising the black blinds behind the storage shelves and next to the shower.

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maintains the open feel, while still giving a sense of visual division between the bedroom and bathroom areas. Meanwhile, the toilet and shower are enclosed within a glass box and accessed through two sliding glass panels. see more online: search 48518 at see all of the house, search: 48517 at

Architect: John Bulcock, Design Unit Builder: Indacon Flooring: Polished concrete Cabinetry: Korus Interiors Shower enclosure: Korus Interiors Shower fittings and taps: Toto Bath: Toto Basin: Toto Toilet: Toto Blinds: RB Fabrica, Moonlight Industries Story by Paul Taylor Photography by Lin Ho

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The challenge for many bathroom designers is to create a sense of luxury in what is often a limited and restricted space. In recognition of how those challenges can be met, the Trends International Design Awards – TIDAs – are a search for the best bathrooms across a number of the countries where Trends has a presence. Here’s the winner of our TIDA Australian Architect-designed Bathroom Suite, plus one of our highly commended New Zealand Designer Bathroom entries.

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Smoke and mirrors Black sliding wall panels and strategically placed mirrors help this master suite make the most of its harbour views Previous pages: The conversion of this wharf building into apartments had failed to make the most of the space and the setting – including in the master suite. Architect Eva-Marie Prineas addressed that by coming up with a fresh approach to the interiors and establishing a better connection with the harbour. Above: A series of black sliding panels and doors allows the bathroom to be opened up or closed down in various configurations.

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With the resurgence of inner-city living, some of the first buildings developed for residential were old abandoned wharf buildings. Sitting on prime waterfront sites, they were also potentially character-filled. But their conversion to residential didn’t always make the most of these features – as was the case with the one containing the master suite featured here, says architect Eva-Marie Prineas. “The apartment layout was compromised by low ceilings, poor connections to the harbour, domestic scale doors and generic architectural detailing,” she says.

As part of the total revamp, Prineas also addressed the wide uneven hallway. “To get everything aligned, we made the walls thicker, which could then be used to hide storage behind panelled joinery doors.” The black panelling was extended to form a series of pods throughout the apartment, including in the revamped master suite. Here, the main pod contains the bath and wet area shower, with sliding wall panels on two walls. One of these provides access to the bathing pod, while the other opens to the bedroom, providing a view to the harbour beyond.

Left: This view from within the bathing pod illustrates how the bathroom can be opened up to the bedroom to take in glimpses of the harbour views beyond. Above: The plan of the reconfigured master suite shows how the sliding panels and doors can open up or close off the different functional spaces.

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Architect: Architect Prineas; project team: Eva-Marie Prineas, Luisa Campos, Bridget Webb Builder: Connect Constructions Flooring: Carrara marble tiles from Onsite; European Oak timber floor Wallcoverings: Carrara marble tiles from Onsite; Laminam Panels from Living Tiles Vanity cabinetry: Finch Projects Bath: Rogerseller Basin: Reece Taps and shower fittings: Vola Toilet: Rogerseller Ventilation: Halliday & Baillie Accessories: Rogerseller Blinds and drapes: Solis Blinds Awards: Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) – Master Suite winner Story by Paul Taylor Photography by Chris Warnes

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As with elsewhere in the apartment, overscale, circular handles on these sliding panels are a cue to indicate a threshold. The bath had originally been further back in the master, and that space has been re-allocated to the basin and walk-in wardrobe with concealed closet storage on the back wall. While most of this storage is behind the same black panelled doors seen throughout the apartment, one section at the opening has a full height mirrored door which brings light and distant harbour views into this enclosed space. The view is even reflected from the mirrored

door onto the circular mirror above the basin. The black storage space continues along one wall of the bedroom to create open shelving and a place for the tv. Another sliding black panel here allows the tv to be hidden when not in use. At the end of the bedroom, the floor was raised to the same level as the balcony. “The balcony has become a platform which extends into the bedroom,” says the architect. “This creates a more generous outdoor space, a better connection to the harbour context, and provides a secondary living space within the master suite.”

Facing page: The innermost section of the suite contains the toilet, basin and closet storage. Harbour views are now possible even here, reflecting off the back wall mirror onto the circular mirror above the basin. This page: The bathing pod includes the bath and a wet area shower. Overscaled handles on sliding panels and doors are a cue to reveal a threshold.

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Five-star ambience Large-format porcelain wall and floor tiles and cantilevered elements give this bathroom the luxurious, spacious feel of a high-end hotel bathroom

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Increasingly, our bathrooms are places of serene retreat, and designing a bathroom with a spacious feel within a modest-sized home only adds to the sense of sanctuary. The owners of this smaller home asked designer Natalie Du Bois for a bathroom with the upmarket ambience of a refined hotel ensuite. Features were to include a his and her vanity, a walk-in shower and the luxury of spaciousness. “The high-end hotel feel was achieved in part by specifying large-format, marblelook tiles in a glossy finish on the walls and

in a matt finish on the floor,” Du Bois says. “To achieve the required feeling of space, I floated the vanity, toilet and bidet off the floor. This design approach, together with the choice of the 600mm x 1200mm porcelain tiles, glass-walled shower and compact double vanity, makes the room feel more expansive than it actually is.” Adding to the feel of luxury, the vanity is matched with sleek designer tapware. “The owners also wanted the space to be easy to maintain, so I designed a moulded Corian bath plinth that’s fitted

Facing page: A floating vanity, toilet and bidet are teamed with large-format porcelain tiles and a glass-fronted shower to maximise the feel of space in this bathroom by designer Natalie Du Bois. Boasting a veined patterning, the porcelain tiles have the rich look of marble but are easy to clean. Above: Hidden agenda – the mirror-fronted wall cabinet actually recesses back into the wall cavity, making it perfect for housing electric toothbrushes permanently plugged in as well as ample storage for make-up, skincare and cosmetics. A small round side mirror with five times magnification is ideal for make-up application or shaving.

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Above: A seamless tub surround designed by Natalie Du Bois makes light work of cleaning in the luxurious yet easy-to-maintain bathroom.

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right up against the wall – avoiding any hard-to-clean gaps.” The all-in-one basins-and-vanity top is seamless, also making for easy maintenance. “The long vanity drawers offer plenty of storage – which was another requirement of the design,” says Du Bois. “However, the custom mirrored wall unit provides even more storage. This quite deceptive element recesses right into the wall cavity that backs onto the adjacent dressing room – so its capacity is actually a lot more than you would imagine.”

Designer: Natalie Du Bois, Du Bois Design Vanity cabinetry: Crown-cut oak, black stained, custom-designed by Natalie Du Bois Benchtop: Stone slab in Diamond White with double oval basin, by Apaiser Taps and accessories: Fantini Toilet and bidet: Catalano Flooring: Griege matt tiles from Marble Lab Walls: Griege gloss marble-look tiles from Marble Lab Bathtub: Kaldewei Shower stall: Atlantis Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Simon Wilson





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Refined and peaceful This ornate Cape Cod-style home responds to its classic inspirations and its setting Choosing the right design for a house in a beautiful seaside setting can be tricky. One option is to consider the look of coastal homes popular in other countries. The owners of this high-end seaside home had lived in an existing house on the same property for years and had considered building a modern home on the site. However, they fell in love with a CapeCod-look house on their travels. So when it came time to build afresh, they asked house designer Mark Wilson to create a warm, solid and quiet home in this style.

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“Where a traditional Cape-Cod home would be constructed in timber, this house is built in solid, noise-proof concrete, then over clad in weatherboard,” says Wilson. The double-structure is not only quiet, it’s also highly durable, creating a home that will look its best for generations. As well as the classic weatherboards, the house also has all the other features of a Cape Cod home. These include eyebrow and round windows, dormers, and detailed frieze board mouldings; as well as sprocket eave extensions, small-paned

windows, circular columns and the timber shingled roof. In addition, the copper downpipes are intended to verdigris over time for a sense of history – a process that has been hastened by the salt-laden sea air. Adding to its grandness, the house has a verandah running around most sides – this is perhaps more of a Hamptons touch. In another departure, a Cape Cod home might have a fairly square footprint. Here the constraints of the site, which doglegs around another property, means it only really opens up at the beachfront end.

“Naturally, the layout of the rooms responds to the elongated design, with the living spaces downstairs and master bedroom upstairs in prime end positions to soak in the sea views,” says Wilson. “However, while the living areas and master suite open out to the beach scenery, a conservatory room extends back to one side. This creates a semi-enclosed, rear shelter for a loggia – a private al fresco living area perfect for when the seawardside of the home is subject to onshore wind and rain or the gaze of beachgoers.”

Previous pages: Created by Masonry Design Solutions, with house designer Mark Wilson at the helm, this majestic home reflects American Cape Cod architecture from its extended eaves to its weatherboard cladding and eyebrow window. Facing page and above: The home’s front door approach is enhanced by a formal garden design by landscape designer Robin Shafer. From here, guests can glance through the living areas to the sea. Left: Both the master bedroom and expansive ground floor living spaces have prime views of the beach front just a few metres away..

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Previous pages: Inside, the splayed, ornate staircase with traditional chandelier overhead provides an appropriate welcome. Beyond this on ground level lie the open-plan living, dining, morning room and kitchen. The American oak flooring that runs throughout the ground floor has been given diverse treatments. In the morning room, one of the owners’ favourite spaces, the floors are in a parquet finish. A recessed ceiling graces this area while the main ceiling is panelled.

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From these front ground floor spaces, the house ranges back to a central staircase void, a library and a guest room, with a large sports room behind and an annexed triple garage. Halfway between garage and loggia, stands the entry, enhanced by formal landscaping by Robin Shafer, and providing an apt approach. Upstairs, behind the master suite there is a retreat, the staircase void, and further bedrooms. The interiors of the sprawling home are just as detailed as the exteriors. The grand staircase is one of the first things to

greet the eye – an excellent example of the artisanal workmanship seen throughout. The stairway flairs outwards, requiring complex design calculations, and features turned balustrading and panelled newel posts, while the bullnose oak steps are shown to optimum effect – extending out beyond the curve of the stairs. The 30m long hallway has ¾ height panelling. “Standing at the heart of the home, the roomy kitchen is a faithful reflection of an upmarket American family kitchen,” says Wilson. “For example, the cabinet drawer

fronts are each made up of nine pieces of wood, while the substantial appliances do justice to the scale of the kitchen. Oak floors – which run right through the ground floor – anchor the classic powder blue and white colour scheme here.” Whether strolling past ornate circular columns on one of the verandahs, playing billiards in the panelled sportsroom or swimming in the seafront pool, this home exudes both craftsmanship and luxury. Traditional, rambling and quiet it provides the ideal upmarket retreat by the sea.

Facing page, top and above: The kitchen combines traditional woodworking detail with large state-ofthe-art appliances. Even the small breakfast table beside the kitchen island has ornately carved legs. A crisp white subway tile forms the splashback, another nod to a classic American kitchen. Left: A loggia tucked between the conservatory and main living spaces provides shelter from on-shore winds. This is only a few steps from the kitchen and a wine room. The building behind is the garage annex. This follows the same detailing – such as the circular window – as the main home.

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House designer and interior designer: Mark Wilson, Masonry Design Solutions Builder: Richard Davidson Builders Engineer: MSC Consulting Landscape designer: Robin Shafer, Shafer Design Kitchen manufacturer: Fyfe Kitchens Roofing: Shingles, from Shingle & Shake Facade: Weatherboard, JSC Timber Windows and doors: Timber, painted, from Serene Joinery Ceilings: Gib Ultraline Internal walls: Gib Ultraline Internal doors: Custom panelled Window and door hardware: Windsor Brass Wall paint: Zylone Low Sheen, by Resene Flooring: Carrara marble, from European Ceramics; American white oak, from Timber Floor Solutions; carpet, Bill Hayward Flooring Furniture: Ethan Allen, California Drapes: Prestige CMT Interiors Shutters: Santa Fe Shutters Recessed ceiling lights: Idun, from ESC Heating: Inslab, from Champion Heating Audio visual: Liquid Automation Fireplace: Warmington, from Fires by Design Cabinetry hardware: Nova full extension drawer runners; soft close with Airmatics Sink: Omnia Pro Splashback: Subway tiles Storage system: Fyfe Kitchens Benchtops: Corian Raincloud; American white oak Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Intense Photography

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Left: The home’s seaward side has two sheltered outdoor living spaces accessed from the living areas. Due to planning restraints given the proximity to public land, Mark Wilson was not able to create an infinity-edge pool. Instead, a glass outer pool edge provides the same function in visual terms. Mature trees were retained as part of the project while the low stone boundary walls ensure nothing comes between the house and its views.

Purified form Subtle near-white wall tones from Resene let the strong architectural forms in this home speak for themselves While New Zealanders have a love of vibrant colour, there is another more subtle way to create a dramatic impact for your interiors. This grand, double-height atrium provides a spectacular entry point in a contemporary home by architect Wayne Houston. “Having designed an earlier residence for the owners, this time they wanted me to create a retirement home with a feeling of permanence and solidity. They showed me an example of what they required on a website of Mid century American Design and we used that as the initial inspiration for this bold, sculptural home. “However, the use of vibrant colour would have been over-powering in the design,” says Houston. “Instead, they wanted a subtle tone, remarking that ‘white is the colour of sculpture’. “That said, a pure white would have been too reflective in this soaring double volume. We then considered Resene Black White, a colour that I love, but went instead for Resene Sea Fog, with its slightly darker tone.” Resene Sea Fog is a versatile white with a hint of grey, best used with other muted colours. While it can be hard to see the difference in these tonal hues when viewed in separate spaces, the difference is much clearer when they are placed side by side – and even more obvious when painted over a large wall surface. Here, Resene Sea Fog both highlights the architectural elements in the atrium and also provides a perfect surface for the shadow play from the clerestory windows, the room’s feature pendant and the sconces above the stairs. For further details, visit a Resene ColorShop, or freephone 0800 RESENE (737 363), or go to the website:

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Private property Little is revealed of this West Coast contemporary home from the street – but at the rear it opens up to take in tranquil protected forest views Above: Having a long narrow site with forest surrounds helped architect Brad Lamoureux design this house with the privacy that the owners wanted. The garage – seen here opened up – sits in front of the house, while the home’s more private interior spaces open to the rear of the property. Facing page top: Though the garage is separated from the house by a water feature, its back wall is fully glazed to maintain a sense of connection. Facing page lower: This view towards the home’s entrance in the background shows how the thick, cedar-clad garage doors pivot open.

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Designing a home to fit on a long narrow site can present its own challenges. But for the property featured here, the 70x17m shape of the site suited the owners’ requirement for privacy – helped also by the presence of forest reserve on two of the boundaries. Designed by architect Brad Lamoureux, little of the house is revealed from the street due to the positioning of the garage. “The garage sits about 4.5m in front of the house, separated from it by a reflection pond, and surrounded by lush planting to

soften the architectural concrete used on the two buildings,” says Lamoureux. “If the garage was attached, we would have had to include it in the total allowable area for the home.” But this is no stock standard garage blocking the view. Its back wall is fully glazed, while the doors at the front are substantial, 15cm pivot doors clad in western red cedar. The glazed wall means that the owners’ high spec sports cars are always on display from the house and, with the doors

Top: The main floor is divided in half by a concrete wall that forms the home’s main circulation path. Here, it is seen extending into the kitchen. Above: At one end of the kitchen, a bank of stainless steel appliances and panels anchor the space. A pantry is accessed to the right of this, while a flush door in the walnut clad wall to the left accesses a powder room. Main floor plan: 1. Garage, 2. Water feature, 3. Entry, 4. Mudroom, 5. Powder room, 6. Pantry, 7. Kitchen 8. Dining room, 9. Music/study, 10. Living room, 11. Covered patio, 12. Hot tub

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pivoted open, there’s a clear view through to the street if wanted. There’s space for more vehicle storage in the house’s man cave basement. This is large enough to contain one owner’s collection of hobby cars, motorcycles and vintage racing bicycles, as well a lounge, bar, wine cellar and a washroom. Lamoureux says that when it came to the style of the home, the owners wanted West Coast contemporary. “That dictated materials such as timber and glass, with counterpoints of

stone or concrete,” he says. “The form is very planar, with flat roofs and clean, open interior spaces that have strong insideoutside connections.” His design places the main living spaces on the ground floor, with a strong floating volume above that houses the master and a guest suite. “An architectural concrete wall divides the main floor in half longitudinally and establishes the primary circulation path from the front door through the home,” the architect says.

Above: Although the interiors present as one large open-plan area, there are subtle demarcations. The living area is two steps lower than the dining and kitchen areas, while the kitchen area is highlighted by a walnut ceiling panel that mirrors the island. Following pages: The main living space is at the rear of the house for maximum privacy and to make the most of the forest views. Inside, a feature wall of leather panels and stone surround houses the fireplace, hearth and television.

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Above: The upper level contains the master suite and a guest suite, with the master positioned at the rear to overlook the landscaped yard and tranquil forest views. Facing page top and lower: The master bath features walnut cabinetry and wall panels – as in the kitchen – teamed with Carrara marble. The window between the two vanity basins is full height, and continues as a skylight across the bathroom ceiling.

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The large open kitchen provides ample space for the owners and for entertaining. “The kitchen is in clear readable geometries. It’s anchored at one end by a bank of stainless steel appliances and panels, while a walnut ceiling panel replicates the grid of the stone island top beneath it.” Living and dining spaces are positioned to the south for maximum privacy and to make the most of the forest outlook. Within these living areas, the stairs create a strong focal point. “The steel stringer system and slab

stone treads have a floating effect. So the stairs actively engage the space rather than being discreetly placed in it.” At the back of the house, the dining and living areas overlook a landscaped rear yard containing a custom built spa and firepit, set against the forest backdrop The connection between inside and outside is enhanced by the use of some exterior materials on the interior as well. For example, as well as concrete on the spine wall, Nordic Brown Copper panels from the exterior are also found at stair top

height in the interiors. These panels have already been through an oxidation process so will only marginally verdigris over time. Lamoureux says that what’s pleasing for him about the design outcome for this house is the simplicity of the architectural concept and the clarity of the massing. “Its success also comes from the owners’ willingness to buy into the detail needed to make it something special. “We were able to use high quality materials and then focus on how to bring them together in a seamless, integrated way.”

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Architect: Brad Lamoureux Architect Interior design: Mitchell Freedland Design Landscape design: Paul Sangha Builder: Ican Contracting Structural engineer: CA Boom Engineering Exterior: Western red cedar and fir by JSV Millwork; Nordic Brown Copper panels, concrete, stucco Doors and windows: NanaWall Flooring: Limestone, wenge, slab from Ican Lighting: Errebiluce, Buzzi & Buzzi, Eurofase, Dasal, Transilite Sonoma, Traddel, Distra Heating: Armstrong, Viking Technologies Fireplaces: Ortal and Vermont Castings, from Fireplaces Unlimited Furniture: Minotti and custom by Mitchell Freedland Design Home theatre: MFD, Samsung, Bose Blinds: Sun Projects Pool: Aloha Pools Kitchen design: Mitchell Freedland Design Cabinet company: JSV Architectural Benchtop and splashback: Pental in Cascade White Kitchen sink: Julien Faucets: Dornbracht Oven and cooktop: Wolf Ventilation: Ventahood Speed oven and dishwasher: Miele Refrigerator: Sub-Zero Bathroom walls: Limestone wenge, calacatta slab Bathroom vanity: Polished calacatta slab from Ican Basin: Duravit Faucets and shower fittings: Dornbracht Bath: Kohler Toilet and bidet: Duravit Story by Paul Taylor Photography by Ema Peter and Joe Lee

Right: In contrast to the front of the house, the rear fully opens up to connect to the simply landscaped garden, a spa and a firepit. The upper floor appears as a floating volume, with its Nordic Brown copper roof wrapping round to form the balcony off the master bedroom and continuing to form the roof of the ground floor.

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Above: Designed, built and project managed by the DreamHome Construction Group, this three-level home responds to the personal needs and desires of the owner. Everything from planning permits to the cladding and custom detail choices are organised seamlessly by a dedicated project manager. The company’s culture of responsive, open interactions with clients ensure a hassle-free home-build experience.

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When it comes to planning your dream home, when it will be ready and how much it will cost are fundamentals. The build firm that delivers bang on time and to budget is an excellent choice. With over 10 years’ experience in delivering a wide range of construction and development projects, DreamHome is known for a culture of accurate timelines, strict budgets, cost-effective outcomes and a build process that runs smoothly. DreamHome director Johnny Sun says the versatile company has completed many projects in New Zealand and Australia, ranging from townhouses, lifestyle blocks, and keyhole land

subdivisions to high-end luxury homes – which have lately become a major focus – along with commercial property developments. “We build to a client’s exact requirements, and are not limited to pre-set plan restrictions. This means you get exactly what you want – not an approximation – and you get your house in months not years. Our skilled, highly efficient team works year around, rain or shine, to make sure your house is ready for the move-in date.” And along with reliability, comes DreamHome’s adherence to competitive pricing with no compromise on quality of materials or build.

“ We offer reasonable cost-effectiveness with the best quality service and most competitive pricing in the market,” says Sun. “Once a client signs with us, we stick to the agreed budget no matter what. Our project managers’ hands-on approach and open communication keep you in the loop of your project every step of the way.” Whether it’s a new home in an established or up-and-coming neighbourhood or a subdivision of specific lots, or even a minor dwelling to accommodate a family member on an existing property, DreamHome can take care of everything from land permits to the interior design.

“Our prized professional reputation is built on getting everything right for our clients – solid construction, intelligent interior design, and the latest kitchen and bathroom design options. “Your new home is your greatest asset and we take very seriously indeed the trust of achieving it in a pleasurable, stress-free way.” For details, contact the DreamHome Group, 96B Carlton Gore Road, Newmarket, Auckland, phone: (09) 366 0476, web: save and share: search 48852 at

This page: Interiors flooded with light reflect the finest materials and latest technologies – all in balance with a client’s budget. This home includes soaring double-height spaces, natural accent materials, warm and quiet insulation and energy-efficient, cost-efficient smart technologies. The kitchen features a rich timber cabinetry finish chosen by the owner and high-tech appliances. Roomy bedrooms and a spa-like main bathroom also feature.

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Nautical appeal This six-tier coastal house has every possible luxury from six gleaming kitchens to a bowling alley and an existing protected boathouse XXX search | save | share at

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Previous pages: This six-level home designed by Innovate Architects and constructed by Sammut Developments is partly underground – playing down its impact on neighbours and the foreshore. The luxury residence includes a tunnel down to the beach and two car tunnels leading to underground garages and the entry to the home. The protected, two-tier boathouse seen in the foreground was restored as part of the project.

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Think of the intricate interiors of the nautilus seashell, then imagine it unfurled into long runs of sectioned elements. This unravelled seaside icon was the inspiration for one of Australia’s largest and grandest contemporary homes. Called Nautilus, the residence was constructed by Sammut Developments and designed by Innovate Architects – together with major input from the owner – with architect Cameron Jones at the helm. The scale of Nautilus is impressive, says coowner of Sammut Developments, John Sammut. With a roof area of 3950m2 and sprawled over

six stepped levels, the home includes seven bedrooms, parking for 20 cars, a bowling alley, a wine cellar, and a subterranean tunnel that leads to the property’s newly built private beach and a restored 123-year-old, two-tier boathouse. “The house is designed in wings, essentially four self-contained apartments,” Cameron Jones says. ”The owner wanted a home that felt like a resort so family and friends could come and stay.” Nautilus is designed to nestle within the site, to sit comfortably with its neighbours and not impact the foreshore. From the street, it’s hardly seen, screened by extensive landscaped gardens

and large trees. There are also two private car tunnels carved out of sandstone leading to the home’s two underground garages, while two driveways access visitor parking and the entry. The home spans four blocks of waterfront land and setting it partly into the hill required the excavation of 6500m3 of sandstone, the equivalent to three-and-a-half Olympic pools. “As well as half of it being essentially underground, the home is constructed almost entirely in slabs of high-strength compressed concrete.” It is testament to the skill of Cameron Jones that the cavernous, semi-subterranean structure

blossomed into an inviting, liveable home. The close collaboration between Innovate, EB Interiors, Sammut and the engineering consultants allowed for the creation of dramatic clear span structures and cantilevers, says Jones. “This helped break down the residence’s monolithic form and allowed the interiors to flow out to the many garden and entertaining areas,” the architect says. “The contemporary, linear design is enhanced by the extensive use of natural stonework and feature zinc roofs. “The owner had many great ideas such as the use of windows looking through the excavated

Above: The expansive home is formed in compressed concrete with wide clear spans. Cantilevered concrete awnings, some with skylights cut into them, soar out above the alfresco areas. The home has three lifts, and six kitchens, with some levels operating as individual apartments. Twenty-four industrial solar cells supply hot water to the bathrooms, spas, pool, and underfloor heating.

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Above and right: The 25m lane pool is only one of many features in the home. This floor features a 13m clear-span sliding door. In order to maintain the home’s elegant architecture, the profiles were kept as slim as possible, while still enabling the wide 10m spans between columns, which, for a home, are quite substantial.

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sandstone, which became a highlight throughout. The recurrence of roasted blackbutt timber and limestone, carried across all floors, helps create the resort feel so important to the client.” There are a number of architectural features inside the home. The spiral staircase from the entry to the children’s level echoes the Nautilus seashell, with each tread more tightly curved and larger to reflect the golden spiral ratio. “We also designed a green wall into another staircase to boost air quality and as a feature,” says Jones. “There’s a wealth of intricate detailing in the custom joinery throughout the house.

Our true innovation came in linking each area and level. A strong use of lineal design and materials was needed to bring a project of this scale together and make it feel like a home.” EB Interiors produced a stylistically sleek and refined look, with the choice of finishes bringing softness to the minimalist, linear forms of the architecture. This juxtaposition is taken a step further with the use of reclaimed and recycled building materials in key areas of the home. “The owner bought hundreds of thousands of reclaimed bricks for the walls of the garage and bowling alley. These were laid with inbuilt

arches to replicate an old train tunnel siding. The bricks and the recycled floorboards in the owner’s personal garage add another layer of complexity and character to the home. “As the brief was to create a resort-like destination we had to design many elements not often seen in a home – such as a day spa with steam room, a wine tasting room, a hidden music cave, and a bowling alley,” says Jones. “There’s also a 25m-long swimming pool. And the intricacy of the design even allows the owner, who has a passion for cars, to drive right up to the kitchen.”

Following pages: Natural stone features as a material accent throughout the interior and the blackbutt timber and limestone floors also continue throughout. There are six kitchens in the home including the main kitchen which has Calacatta marble benchtops and wood veneer cabinetry. The home’s cantilevered architectural forms and glass walls blur the lines between indoors and outdoors at every turn.

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Architect: Cameron Jones, Innovate Architects Developer and builder: Sammut Developments Engineer: Jones Nicholson Interior and kitchen designers: Emma Buchan and Alex Mason, EB Interiors Kitchen manufacturer: UTJ Joinery Compressed concrete: Boral Windows: Dyna-fix Commercial Cladding: Brickworks Tilework: Marble Plus, Di Lorenzo Tiles Floors: Blackbutt, from Nash Timbers; limestone Paints: Dulux Kitchen cabinets: Veneer, custom colour Benchtops: Calacatta marble Appliances: Miele Ventilation: Schweigen Lifts: Kone Control systems: Smart Home Solutions Lighting: Sydney Lighting Solutions Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Keith McInnes

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Previous pages: The home includes several unusual features for a residential environment – not least a motorbike on display, a commercialscale wine cellar, a day spa with steam room, an underground music room and a bowling alley. There is also a gymnasium and media room. Left: The home’s cantilevered architectural forms and glass walls blur the lines between indoors and outdoors at every turn.

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