This prominent corner site in an elevated position above the beachside Auckland suburb of St Heliers offers fabulous views out over the Hauraki Gulf to Rangitoto. In keeping with its prime position, this large family home holds a commanding presence and is unashamedly modern. The crisp white design rises up over three levels and cleverly folds around the exterior spaces, giving protection from the elements and at the same time focussing the occupants’ view out across the harbour.

To add contrast – and also to ground the building – the pool, spa, feature wall and chimney have all been clad in rough-hewn, stone tiles. Vertical metal louvres also help to alleviate the mass of the home and provide privacy from the street front. The infinity edge pool is designed (and been colour-coordinated) to blend seamlessly with the ocean when sitting on the lower level. An extensive programme of hard and soft landscaping finishes off this splendid example of a resort-style modern family home.