Lake’s Edge Queenstown

High-spec permanent residence on Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown.

Using KNX building control system, Simon wall switches ensures a minimalistic look and feel to the walls.  

Centralised control of the whole house using an app (tablet, smart phone and PC web browser) for lighting and shading.

Scheduled events – towel rails and feature lighting activate/deactivate automatically.

Night mode, when activated from the client’s bedside, changes the behavior of the lighting sensors to triggers the hallway lights at 20%.  Day mode is then reactivated at sunrise unless executed before by the homeowner.

On this project, the client’s brief was to maximise the entertaining spaces downstairs whilst providing comfortable living upstairs.

After taking the client to a previous project I had completed, the Games Room was immediately redesigned into being a Personal Cinema, with native 4K projection, raised cinema seating, Starfield lighting and acoustically-treated movie posters.  The Living/Dining KItchen and Outdoor Living areas were added too but the ceiling was a real feature so we had to consider the placement carefully.  We decided to have the speakers discretely installed in behind the timber battens, with the tweeters exposed for maximum effect.

A unique architectural feature is the opening louvres on the North-West wall.  These are operable individually in each room, and also globally with the use of schedules.  Smart lighting and automation of items such as towel rails increase the comfort level of the house.

With a public walking track along the lake front, security and privacy were concerns so CCTV, video intercom and electronic access are installed and can track the people entering the property, and also those who enter the building.


Dravitzky Brown Architects


Dravitzky Brown Architects


Carpentry South


BW Electrical

Client Brief

- Centralised control of lighting, shading and Audio Visual.
- All utility areas and bathrooms to be driven by sensors.
- Clean architectural finish.
- Home and Away modes at the push of a button.
- Guest Wing on/off scenes.

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