Modern Architecture with Canopy and Glass Window Wall

What isn't there to love about this beautiful island retreat located on the New Zealand Island of Waiheke? This home designed by Fearon Hay Architects with interiors by Penny Hay takes my breath and my words away. New Zealand is one of the most picturesque places in the world, so being able to capture the 360 degree views from your living room is a true luxury. Innovative architecture joins interior and exterior spaces through the use of canopy-like structures tensioned to the surrounding landscape. Although the architecture is rather harsh in its elements, the surrounding landscape becomes completely integrated with the architecture and the interior creating warmth and harmony.

Sunken Living Room Sofa Fireplace and Ocean View

The sunken sofa lies low so you don't miss an inch of the view. The lighting remains as flush as can be although  track lights are a must here. This is a great solution for any home that does not have the space for recessed lighting. I'd be cozying on up in this little sunken haven and just enjoying what is!

Raw Walnut Dining Table with Metal Chairs

Natural wood elements of the table mix nicely with the low soft leather sofa, metal chairs, and concrete floors creating a seamless flow with the gorgeous surroundings.

Stainless Steel and Gray Oak Kitchen with Natural Stone Countertop

Can't you just imagine whipping up an incredible meal in this stunning kitchen.  I'd write my menu and wine list right there on that chalkboard wall and cook up a meal with ease.  What a perfect combination of elements!  I love a decorative light over an island, so if I wanted to get playful I would swap out one of the standard fixtures with this glass monorail pendant.

Open plan modern master bathroom suite with freestanding steel soaking tub

Ladder Storage in Bathroom

Basic necessities and functional elements have been met with solutions as unique as their surroundings. The idea of keeping things out in the open and revealing their true beauty continues into this open bathroom plan.

 Raw wood headboard and natural linens

I hear someone calling for a side table in this room!  I think this concrete looking Fiberclay Ottoman is the perfect match!

Architecture and Landscape

Invite me over to stay...I don't mind bringing a tent and camping in the yard! Our canopy-like structures can meet with open arms!  

I look forward to more work from Fearon Hay and Penny Hay in 2012!  

Images: Fearon Hay ArchitectsPenny Hay Interior Architect