Our brief was to create a new home on an exposed, semi-flat, waterfront site that took advantage of the views north across tidal water on the inner Waitemata harbour.
The plan of the house was inspired by and reference a modernist home designed in Palm Springs by eminent mid-century architect, Richard Nuetra, who studied under one of the USA’s most famous architects, Frank Lloyd-Wright.
The spine of the home was set up using a series of walls in the configuration of a cross, with intersecting partitions of stacked stone, cedar and glass sliders. The two stone entry walls, set perpendicular to each other, are 13 metres long stone and are designed to visually pull you toward the home’s entrance, which sits below a floating cedar cannopy at their conference. These walls deliberately disguise what lies beyond them.
Once opened, the large pivot door reveals a view of the water, far in the distance, drawing your gaze through a long gallery, glazed along one side, that seemingly floats over a reflection pond. As well as creating a stunning visual element, the pond physically separates the two-storey guest area, which contains three bedrooms, two bathrooms, snug and laundry, from the day-to-day living spaces at the far end of the gallery.
The client lives almost entirely in this wing of the house, with the large master suite to the right, open-plan lounge and dining in the centre, and the kitchen and home office to the left. Walls of full-height glass stretch the entire length of the northern elevation of this wing, ensuring unobstructed views out to the harbour beyond.
The minimalist landscape was intended to do nothing more than pay tribute to the building, and is mostly grass and low specimen. The three-car garage is hidden from view on the opposite side of the stone entrance wall.