Perched above the 12 Mile Delta, this resort-style retreat, designed
by Sumich Chaplin Architects, and specified by Virginia Fisher Design, provides a framework to the Queenstown scenery beyond.
The design brief for Closeburn House was to create a space where
the client could share the beauty of Queenstown with his family and friends.
The building is constructed from timber boards with vertical
battens and bagged schist stone that blends into the site, coupled with the
contrast of the dark metal roof. The form of the house takes cues from the
local Otago vernacular, with subtle steeps in the gable roof forms alleviating
the scale of the house. Luscious new landscaping surrounds the building, creating
a number of interesting spaces that add to the resort-style feel.
The home boasts a Great Room at the centre of the building that
opens up north to a protected courtyard and south to Lake Wakatipu and The
Remarkables. There are six bedrooms and numerous living areas to house all the
client’s friends and family, as well as a gym and home office.
The interior palette is intimate and soft but remains
sophisticated and distinguished, with rich materials carried throughout the
home. Mild steel panelling has been used at the entrance to the Great Room and
library, with Tactile Loft White and Tactile Ebony Oak panelling from Forté
adorning the walls.
Tactile Ebony, prefinished with a black oil, and Loft White,
prefinished with a white oil, have a luxurious, heavy saw-marked surface
and come in a generous 240mm wide plank, adding a unique textural element to
the interior of Closeburn House.
Forté’s Ultra Driftwood Oak flooring has been laid throughout the home, with its weathered grey timber and brown tones providing a neutral foundation to the space. The planks surface is brushed to give texture to the woods natural grain pattern, creating a sense of character and warmth.
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