Fearon Hay Harbour Edge House 1910 (reworked)

A bit of a change from the usual style of house I post, however this house by one of my favourite architects house is so different that I surprisingly like it.

This 4500sqf house in Aucklands Herne Bay had a total overhaul in 2014. The remodel and extension has been executed in line with the requirements of modern day living whilst still responding directly to the surrounds and coastal outlook. It has a real beach house feel to it, yet is only minutes drive away from the central city.

The newly added skylit kitchen moulds together the old and new part of the home, thus conceived as an internal courtyard between old and new. This space anchors the two wings and frames the stunning outlook.
















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Ponting Fitzgerald Westmere House

First post in a LONG time – I have been overseas for 5 months so my priorities had shifted, but I’m back in New Zealand now and ready to get back to posting!

This following house is a few houses down the road from me, and I have always admired it since it was completed a few years ago. The house doesn’t look too large in photos but it is absolutley huge in real life, with a living area of 8700sqf (along with a ratings valuation of $11,000,000 – Auckland is not a cheap city for housing!!)

This house is largely made up of concrete, cedar, glass and oak flooring. There is also an ongoing theme of water throughout the house (as the pictures will show). The flow of water throughout the home leads outside to the cliff edge infinity pool. This property truly is a large scale sculpture curated through the minds of its owners and the architect. Outdoors seamlessly flow to indoor living spaces, perfect for entertaining on a large scale.

This is all I will leave the writing part as for this post – the pictures can tell a better description than I ever could!














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Eagles Nest Bay of Islands

Sorry for not posting recently, have been swamped with work – hopefully this one makes up for my lack of posting! This stunning beach home, designed by Crosson Clarke Carnachan architects, sits on an impressive headland in the Bay of Islands, north of Auckland. The brief called for a spiritual refuge for the owners of the house and their guests. the dramatic isolation of the site offered unrestricted 360 degree sea views. I won’t say too much on the cutting edge design as the pictures say it all. “Rahimoana”, the homes name, means god over the sea, and thus reflects and embraces the views, the horizon and the sea with a delicate simplicity of form, structure and materials.

On a side note, this property and 2 other neighbouring homes, were listed for $69,500,000 in 2011.


Lake Hayes House

This style of house is slightly different than my other posts, it is a Mason and Wales designed home in the Central Otago region of the South Island  with its form giving reference to the physical and regional aspects of the site. Local stone has been used to ground it in to the surrounding environment. The broad platform provided, supports a much lighter horizontal steel and glass structure that relates to the flat pane and stillness of the lake.
Rock, sandstone, marble and blackened metal have been used in the homes construction.



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Fearon Hay 1973 House Reworked

This stunning property located in Auckland’s Remuera was originally commissioned in 1973. In 2005, the owners undertook a full rework of the residence of which included inserting fine steel framed glazing amongst the original solid concrete columns, beams and shear walls. The exposed concrete is softened by a sarked timber ceiling throughout. A new pavilion for sleeping was constructed above a landscaped podium integrated into the existing front lawn. Also new cantilevered concrete pergola structures provide shelter over the entry and are reference to key elements in the original building.



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Congreve House Auckland

The following house is possibly one of the most known homes in all of New Zealand. Designed by Cheshire architects and far ahead of its time when completed in 1992, it has won an astonishing amount of awards (including the top home in New Zealand in 2001). The enormous home sits on a cliff top section facing the Hauraki Gulf and Rangitoto Island. The home was built for a couple who collected some of top artworks in the world and therefore they constructed their home in to a piece of art to display their collection. 2000 tonnes of concrete,wood and stainless steel were used in its construction. I could keep writing about the amazing property but the pictures will say more (some better pictures were available when it was last for sale, but they are long gone now)!



Harry – A.N.Z

Stevens Lawson Headland House

The below property is a beach home located on a headland on Waiheke Island. The house, designed by Stevens Lawson architects is made up of three curved, timeber-clad pod forms. The windows of the pods frame scenes from the dramatic 270 degree views on offer from the property. The architect has described the house as having “an organic layout resembling pebbles scattered on the beach”. It was designed with a sense of mystery in mind along with the owners wanting the home to be unpretentious. Take a look!



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Sumich Chaplin Parnell House

I have loved this $12,000,000 cliff top home located in Auckland’s Parnell since I first saw it on the architects web site a few years back. The house was designed so that the astonishing views would slowly unravel to you upon entering the home. It is built around a series of wowing courtyards and outdoor spaces in order to keep the indoor outdoor flow of the house prominent. The best part is on the seaward side where an infinity edge pool containing a gazebo island is cantilevered out over the edge of the cliff. I will also note that underneath where you see the pool and lawn is, there are a series of bedroom and lounges that jet out over the cliff.


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Julian Guthrie Karahu Beach House

This Julian Guthrie designed beach house in Omaha, New Zealand, switches around the concept of conventional living and has the main living on the top level with sleeping below – this is to ensure maximisation of the stunning sea views on offer. On the lower level, sliding timber shutters provide the flexibility to open up or screen the house and inner courtyard with swimming pool. The house is made up of natural timbers, stone and rendered walls to provide warmth and texture appropriate to the coastal setting. The informal configuration of the space, and the seamless connection of interior to exterior creates a casual holiday atmosphere that allows the family and their guests to relax and enjoy the beach side setting.


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Poynder Ave House by Sheppard and Rout

For this next house, I had to hunt high and low for some pictures and only managed to come up with a few unfortunately! The home designed by Sheppard and Rout architects was featured on an architecture TV programme a while a go for winning an architectural excellence award. The photos don’t particularly do the house justice, as in reality it is far larger then it looks and also has far more stunning architectural features. Any who, I spent quite a while hunting down photos, so thought I would post it anyway as it is an amazing property!



Harry – A.N.Z