Brick Bay House – Snells Beach, New Zealand by Glamuzina Paterson Architects

Brick Bay House in Snells Beach, New Zealand, is a modern dream home nestled into its rural environment. Designed by Glamuzina Paterson Architects, the dwelling exhibits a defined connection with its surroundings, while becoming a relaxed place to live for a family of five.

Formed into a L-shaped plan, the home is reached via a snaking driveway from the road and perched upon a hill with extraordinary views of nearby Kawau Bay. Sustainable macrocarpa timber batting defines the entire facade, which creates an instant warmth to this geometric structure, especially as natural weathering occurs.

With an overall vibe of rustic-meets-elegant, this modern dream home is a vision. The living area epitomizes outdoor-indoor living, with retractable glass doors along the two exterior walls. This corner space blends seamlessly with the walkway decking and fireplace patio which garners more incredible views of the rolling terrain.

Hanging cocoon swings lend a playful energy, while other woven, wood and soft fabric furnishings–including plush fur throws and rugs–in neutrals contribute a cozy aesthetic. The ribbon of windows set above the sofa are a beautiful acknowledgement to the green nature outside. The white-cabled “x” set into the fixed window frame is downright intriguing, a slight design element that garners distinct attention.

An exposed timber ceiling painted creamy white enhances the bright sunlight drenching the main living space, while a geometric wood-burning stove set within concrete sets the decidedly modern tone. This block acts as a floating partition between the kitchen-dining room which sits slightly elevated.

The kitchen is clad in glossy white cabinetry paired with a central island resting underneath a pair of bulb-on-wire pendants and upside down planters–quirky but cool! The industrial-type metal stools, wooden picnic-style farm table and bird’s nest chandelier play a delicious contrast to the otherwise streamlined finishes in this space.

The bedrooms are located within the other arm of the plan for privacy and reached via a clean-lined pale wood and white hallway. This light timber is carried across flooring and walls, and when set against bare white furnishings and accents, creates an instant, earthy serenity.

Brick Bay House is a most liveable modern dream home, tied to its surrounding countryside with casual, open and organic spaces.

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