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.

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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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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)!

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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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Harry – A.N.Z

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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Harry – A.N.Z

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!

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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.

 

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Harry – A.N.Z