Otoparae - By Nathan Rooney & Tushka Glintmeyer of Space Architecture Studio
This stunning renovated beach home is the perfect place for relaxation, however the clients also wanted a house that incorporated their love of cooking and entertaining - and boy does it do that! The sophisticated, contemporary kitchen is a real centre-point here, with crisp, modern black shelving combined with a large polished wooden bench giving it a unique modernist country feel.
Hickman Residence - By Gordon McMillan of KGR Architectural Design
This contemporary pavilion style home is positioned to take full advantage of the surrounding mountainous farmland views. Its expansive, modern kitchen is a highlight with a beautiful stone-coloured marble bench complimented by crisp white walls and cupboards. It also features a well-positioned sky light which allows sunlight to drench the area. Perfect for those who love to cook, this large kitchen also includes extra bench and sink space out the back, with plenty of storage space in the many cupboards that frame the main appliances.
Matakana Village Estate - By Tim Cameron of 360 Build
The design brief called for a home which responded to the rural nature of its surrounds. It was inspired by "barn-style" living which is particularly evident in the exterior. The home's kitchen forms part of a very large room, a combination of kitchen, dining and living spaces, with a sloping barn-like roof, and hanging industrial-style lights. The pristine white cupboards combine with a sharp black bench top to give a polished appearance, with wooden floor panels in a variety of shades adding to the overall industrial feel of the room.
Buchan Residence - By Richard Hale of Insight Architecture
This modern rural home has a wonderful country feel with the design brief aiming for a seamless transition from the outdoors to the indoors. While the interior is mostly white, there is great use of cedar and raw masonry to assist with the blend of the home into its surrounds. This is particularly evident in the stunning dining and living area where the designer kitchen features natural elements that give warmth to the open-plan room.
Davy Residence - By Mark McLeay of Creative Arch
This distinctive home draws on Sthapatya Veda design principles, with the design brief calling for only natural, non-toxic materials and products suitable to the local conditions to be used. The open-plan kitchen uses very natural materials, with the colour pallet mainly consisting of black and white, with touches of wood. The design is enlivened by hanging lights, mismatched bar stools and a large window providing further views of the environment.