Located in Martinborough, New Zealand, Cornege-Preston House cleverly mixes modern amenities with a peaceful rural environment atmosphere. Envisioned by architectural firm Bonnifait + Giesen, the 2,153 square foot contemporary residence offers plenty of sustainable features, such as double-glazed windows and skylights for cross-room solar penetration and heat retention, water heating by solar hot water panel on roof topped up by thermostat-controlled electricity and two 25,000 litre tanks capturing rainwater.

According to the architects, Cornege-Preston House was  built on a one-hectare site of undulating grassland, which was further enhanced: “As part of the project 400 trees were planted in a grid that parallels the site’s boundaries while the 40m x 6m house is angled to follow the gentle undulations of the land. The landscape grid enters into the house in the form of decks/garage and courtyards which punctuate the volume”. Each of the rooms displays a clean modern design and extensive views of the surrounding rural landscape. [Photos by: Paul McCredie]