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The home, built by CDL Building features three gable forms and schist chimneys.
The home, built by CDL Building features three gable forms and schist chimneys.
The outlook over the Earnscleugh River Valley with its schist promontories and poplar trees is nothing short of spectacular.
The outlook over the Earnscleugh River Valley with its schist promontories and poplar trees is nothing short of spectacular.
Matt says the home was "surgically implanted" into the site, and is integrated through the use of schist retaining and chimneys.
Matt says the home was "surgically implanted" into the site, and is integrated through the use of schist retaining and chimneys.
The journey to the home takes the visitor through a winding driveway of schist and poplar trees up to the left of the house, which contains a garage tucked under the bedroom wing.
The journey to the home takes the visitor through a winding driveway of schist and poplar trees up to the left of the house, which contains a garage tucked under the bedroom wing.
The winding journey from the road below up to the house builds a sense of suspense.
The winding journey from the road below up to the house builds a sense of suspense.
The three gable forms feature large expanses of glazing so that each space takes in the view.
The three gable forms feature large expanses of glazing so that each space takes in the view.
At the rear of the house, adjacent to the kitchen, an external courtyard with schist fireplace and operable louvred roof provide a sheltered space outdoors to enjoy year-round.
At the rear of the house, adjacent to the kitchen, an external courtyard with schist fireplace and operable louvred roof provide a sheltered space outdoors to enjoy year-round.
The deck outside the master suite provides the perfect spot to take in the last rays of the day.
The deck outside the master suite provides the perfect spot to take in the last rays of the day.
From a distance, the house is barely discernible from the mountain landscape as the material palette is so sympathetic to the setting.
From a distance, the house is barely discernible from the mountain landscape as the material palette is so sympathetic to the setting.
A limited palette of robust, low maintenance materials was selected to clad the exterior of the building including exposed structural steel, reverse-run profiled metal cladding, hardwood decking and large expanses of glass.
A limited palette of robust, low maintenance materials was selected to clad the exterior of the building including exposed structural steel, reverse-run profiled metal cladding, hardwood decking and large expanses of glass.
The interior features a palette that takes in the hues of the landscape and a biophilic materiality that includes schist, granite and oak.
The interior features a palette that takes in the hues of the landscape and a biophilic materiality that includes schist, granite and oak.
The dramatic granite kitchen island synchronises beautifully with the schist chimney in the covered courtyard space directly behind the kitchen.
The dramatic granite kitchen island synchronises beautifully with the schist chimney in the covered courtyard space directly behind the kitchen.
The open-plan kitchen dining enjoys panoramic views of the valley below.
The open-plan kitchen dining enjoys panoramic views of the valley below.
In front of the schist fireplace in the lounge is the perfect spot to relax in the evening and watch the sun set across the valley.
In front of the schist fireplace in the lounge is the perfect spot to relax in the evening and watch the sun set across the valley.
A media room adjacent to the master suite is a flexible space for family to watch movies, or to use as a home office during the day.
A media room adjacent to the master suite is a flexible space for family to watch movies, or to use as a home office during the day.
The master bedroom enjoys uninterrupted views through floor-to-ceiling glazing.
The master bedroom enjoys uninterrupted views through floor-to-ceiling glazing.
In the guest/family wing, a sumptuous bunkroom is perfect for the kids to pile into.
In the guest/family wing, a sumptuous bunkroom is perfect for the kids to pile into.
A large bedroom above the garage in the guest/family wing has a perfect picture window next to the bed that takes in a snapshot of the forest beyond.
A large bedroom above the garage in the guest/family wing has a perfect picture window next to the bed that takes in a snapshot of the forest beyond.
The master suite's freestanding bath enjoys an idyllic view to the lawn and views beyond.
The master suite's freestanding bath enjoys an idyllic view to the lawn and views beyond.
Peeling back the sliding doors in the master en suite, you can bathe in plein air.
Peeling back the sliding doors in the master en suite, you can bathe in plein air.
The spacious master en suite lit up at night.
The spacious master en suite lit up at night.
Dark oak laminate cabinetry and double sinks bring a dramatic yet earthy element to the master en suite.
Dark oak laminate cabinetry and double sinks bring a dramatic yet earthy element to the master en suite.
The family bathroom takes light in through a skylight and features dramatic monochromatic floor-to-ceiling tiles.
The family bathroom takes light in through a skylight and features dramatic monochromatic floor-to-ceiling tiles.
The large guest room's en suite features a dramatic granite countertop.
The large guest room's en suite features a dramatic granite countertop.
The family bathroom's shower is recessed into a private nook.
The family bathroom's shower is recessed into a private nook.
The laundry/utilities room is tucked downstairs behind the garage.
The laundry/utilities room is tucked downstairs behind the garage.

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Johnston Architects is a design-led studio specialising in high-quality new-build residential and commercial projects throughout New Zealand.

We pride ourselves on crafting rigorously planned and immaculately detailed projects that exceed client expectations. With almost 100 years of combined experience delivering architectural projects of exceptional quality in New Zealand and overseas, our tight-knit team of talented designers will ensure that your project is tailored to suit your quality and budgetary requirements.

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Our work is always informed by a site's physical and cultural setting. Working in some of the most remarkable and scenic locations in the country has resulted in a body of work that responds to its context in a timeless and elegant manner.