In the quiet stretches of Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand, a modern home rises out of the nearly untouched nature of this hilly, temperate environment. The Apple Bay House by Parsonson Architects is alone amongst those hills, where the only visible neighbors are the trees above and the water below. The natural scenery is the focal point of this house, as each living section features floor-to-ceiling windows to bring the outside in.
The interior of this vacation home is warm, comfortable and relaxing. The earthy tones within are designed to mimic the environment around them, as hardwood floors, stone-colored walls and neutral ceilings create the mood. The main living room includes a wood-burning fire place, a relaxed sitting area and a library section above. Privacy screens roll out to provide a more intimate literary environment, clearly a book lovers dream.
While the home is only accessible by four-wheel drive vehicles or by boat, this is as much a blessing as it is a constraint. You’re sure to have this beautiful environment all to yourself when you visit. That’s the best kind of escape we can imagine, a true modern retreat that is decidedly off the beaten path. [via archdaily, photograph by Paul Mcredie]