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Luxury weekend retreat – Dixon House, New Zealand


Wellington-based architectural practice, Designgroup Stapleton Elliott, has designed the Dixon House project. The luxury home is being used as a weekend retreat by the owner and the property is located in Martinborough, New Zealand.

The architect was asked to create a weekend retreat as a place to relax, enjoy the rural landscape and share with family and friends on this once green-field site.


According to the architects: “The design is a modern interpretation of the Kiwi batch based upon the creation of simple building forms to articulate an uncluttered lifestyle. The interior design amalgamates three pavilion forms around an enclosed and sheltered courtyard with seamless access from internal living spaces. Private pavilions at each end of the house contain master bedroom and guest accommodation. A central pavilion accommodating common living and entertaining spaces connects the private pavilions around the family’s social space.


“The emphasis of the design is to merge both house and site to provide views to the surrounding mountain ranges, rural horizons and to capture both morning sunrise and late afternoon sun.

“Considered attention to detailing is inherent throughout, complemented by furniture and artwork that connects inside space with outdoor enclosures to create a private and relaxed retreat.”

Images courtesy of Paul McCredie


Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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March 7, 2014 | Property | View comments

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