You, me & the sea
Right on the water in Hahei, this timber-clad beach house evolved from the concept of sculpture — and its kitchen is a work of art.
Paul Clarke of Auckland’s Studio2 Architects says it’s the visual simplicity of this space and its connection to the environment that’s significant in this project — but its looks aren’t all it has going for it. Efficiency of use was also on Paul’s mind when he designed the ‘distributed’ kitchen. Appliances by Fisher & Paykel were positioned at a distance from each other to allow multiple people to pitch in: one playing barman near the end of the island, where fridges fit flawlessly into the American oak cabinetry; another heating up something flash in a pan on the cooktop in the centre; and another on oven duty on the opposite wall.
Teamed with white and steel benchtops and aluminium accents, that beautiful timber cabinetry couldn’t relate better to the coastal vista. Precise gaps between the panels allow for the appliances to be integrated and are a design detail that’s repeated throughout the space. Echoing the mellow tides outside, it all flows gently into the adjoining living areas and onto the deck for outdoor dining. Breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared in a place like this? You could definitely be forgiven for believing you’re living the dream.