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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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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Parsonon’s Wairau Valley House

The following house built by Pasonon architects and completed in 2010 sits in stunningly with the South Island landscape in which it is set in. The house has a strong connection to the land spatially and materially. The multitude of spaces are housed beneath low sloping roofs which are pitched on solid, heavy lined concrete walls. These walls along with other structures are also used to define indoor and outdoor spaces. Motivate yourself with the following pictures!


Tauranga Headland House By Warren And Mahoney

The following property is a stunning property by Warren and Mahoney Architects. Jaw dropping in size at first glance, it soon becomes apparent that the house is separated in to separate wings for living and sleeping of which is centred on a large reflection pool and water feature. The limited material palette was deliberate, with the owners wanting to keep the focus of every room on the expansive sea views (only travertine marble, white plaster and timber are used externally and internally)…you be the judge of whether the views or the home itself is the main focus of this property!


Harry – A.N.Z