Lakeside House, Queenstown

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A contemporary Japanese-influenced house on the shores of Lake Wakatipu.

The landscape design has a Japanese theme but also recognises the special qualities of the site and surrounding Wakatipu landscape.

This house and garden is in the January 2010 edition of Trends, visit article.

Working closely on the design with 2 Architecture Studio, the challenge was to create a house that flowed from the landscape through the house and back into the landscape.  Elements from the house were repeated within the garden.

Local stone has been used in different forms to anchor the house to the land and reach into the landscape so that the house belongs in its setting.  The garden includes a variety of outdoor spaces to suit the needs of the clients and respond to the site conditions.  Special features include a rock sculpture, a sculpted native garden for the driveway to flow through, a Japanese courtyard garden including a pond, a polished concrete shoreline and raked gravel, and bamboo fencing with a moon gate to frame the rock sculpture when viewed from the house.  Gabion baskets form steps down from the house into the garden and a vegetable garden provides function, aesthetic and privacy to a barbecue area.