A land plentiful of lovely vineyards, exhilarating vistas and a quaint touch of privacy resides in the exquisite alpine of Queenstown, New Zealand. This elegant home by architect couple Bronwen Kerr and Pete Ritchie blends in with the soothing environment encasing it.
Breaking away from the contemporary style of being buried away in its environment or mirroring the surroundings sets this unique design apart from the rest. Strength and comfort seems to derive from its robust atmosphere with its 3,000 sqf form.
An open-air breezeway links the two divided parts of this abode where a passage leads to the guest bedroom, bathroom, and studio where Kerr and Ritchie base their practice on the right. To the left of the divide is the family area that includes a large combined kitchen, a dining room and a living room with a small cedar-lined deck branching out to the lake.
A cozy lounge snuggles the residents with its log burners dissected from the living areas from its bookshelves supported by movable panels. Grandiose views of the lake entices the second floor of three bedrooms and bathroom along with large windows. The eastern flank of this structure captures the morning sun as it serenely pulls away from the slope creating space for the sheltered courtyard.