Lakefront retreat

Like a mountain eyrie, this penthouse master suite provides a private sanctuary high above the lake

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Interior view of this contemporary bathroom

There is a distinctive alpine material palette that characterises many Central Otago homes and interiors natural schist from the region is frequently paired with warm timbers. But rather than create a rustic look, designers are combining these materials with contemporary, minimalist architecture for a more modern feel.

This penthouse master suite, in the Q1 apartment building in Queenstown, is a good example. Bathroom designer Jacques Villard of Optima Design introduced a solid schist dividing wall, but paired it with a sleek, minimalist interior to complement the modern architecture.

Villard says the solidity of the wall is contrasted by cantilevered, freestanding fixtures and frosted glass doors to the shower and toilet, which were designed to add a sense of lightness.

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Interior view of this contemporary bathroom

"Space was tight, so it was essential to keep the interior light and open," the designer says. "Lifting the vanity off the floor and providing a freestanding tub, rather a built-in bath, enhance the space."

Mirrored floor-to-ceiling doors at the end of the bathroom also make the room look more spacious. In addition, they reflect light and provide ample storage, helping to eliminate clutter.

The bath not only makes a sculptural statement in the centre of the room it is also positioned to provide a view right through the master suite.

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Interior view of this contemporary bathroom

"The owners wanted the suite to be a retreat where they could happily spend several hours during the day," Villard says. "There is even a refrigerator built into the cabinetry in the bedroom."

Credit list

Finolly Developments
Jim Edwards Stone Masonry
Villeroy & Boch
Shower enclosure
Lakeland Glass
Aesthetics Lighting
Amalgamated Builders
Vanity cabinetry
Queenstown Joinery
Floor and wall tiles
Technoquartz from Che Stile

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Jamie Cobeldick

07 May, 2010