Kitchen inspiration: an ode to oak in a coastal New Zealand self-build

This inspiring kitchen space uses oak in an intriguing way to highlight the beautiful views of the New Zealand coast.

By Hugh Metcalf | 31 March 2020

An oak-clad interior helps this modern kitchen frame the beautiful views of the ocean in this beach-front escape near Auckland.

Hahei House by studio2 architects - self build - grand designs

Image: Hahei house by Studio2 Architects, courtesy of Fisher & Paykel. 

With a brief to create an escape from the city inspired by Scandanivian interior style and designed with entertaining in mind, Studio2 Architects created this sculptural holiday home on the coast at Hahei, a village on the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand.

To meet the demands of the home as a social space, the kitchen became the natural focus of the project, and the resulting design is as perfectl suited for a solo morning coffee as it is for hosting evening drinks with friends.

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oak modern kitchen with view - Fisher Paykel case study Hahei House by studio2 architects - self build - grand designs

Image: Simon Wilson 

The design of the kitchen space is undoubtedly heavy-handed in its use of oak – from the flooring to the wall and ceiling cladding, window frames, kitchen cabinetry, furniture and even the pendant light hanging over the island. But far from overkill, the materials create a uniquely warm and inviting feel in spite of the clean, modern lines of the building and, more than anything, highlights the inspiring view from the kitchen window.