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


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.


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

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.


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!



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

Clifton Hill House by Wilson and Hill

This particular architect has some stunning homes within their portfolio, however I chose this particular house as I remember seeing it in a spread upon its completion, I was then horrified to see photos of it partly collapsed in the news paper due to the Christchurch earthquake in 2011 (only just after its completion). It was a stunning home on a stunning site with expansive views. Visitors were wowed upon arrival and crossed a huge walk bridge to reach the entry of the large house, the layout was constructed in a way that created sheltered external areas due to the exposed location of the property. All living spaces and bedrooms were accessed from a large central 3 level gallery and atrium. Take a look below!