PHOTO: The structures are made from timber, steel, metal and stone. Picture: Simon Wilson

The award-winning Alpine Terrace House creates a striking and dark contrast against a dramatic backdrop of rolling, snowy hills.

This New Zealand home by Fearon Hay Architects is designed as a sanctuary to take in an alpine landscape.

The single-storey abode is located on top of a sloping terrace that’s surrounded by mountain ranges that overlook the Wakatipu Basin in New Zealand’s Southern Alps.

It’s entirely black – both inside and out – but despite this decorative decision, the abode is illuminated effortlessly throughout its expansive windows by the colourful landscapes that surround it.