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.
















Harry – A.N.Z


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!














– A.N.Z –

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.



Harry – A.N.Z

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

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.


Harry – A.N.Z

Lucerne by Daniel Marshall

The following house spans across a large cliff top section in Auckland with breath taking views of the Orakei basin and the harbour beyond. The primary concern for the homeowner was for the home to hold enough garaging for his extensive classic car collection, with this, the architect’s design response was to wrap the garaging around a central courtyard. The garage doors are detailed to disappear in to the adjoining cedar exterior. This are also incorporates the entry, conceived as a three level atrium that entices the visitor up to the living area and the stunning views. The curved edge of the infinity pool echoes the form of the Orakei basin and draws the sea view closer to the house.



Harry – A.N.Z