The dwelling is sited on the edge of the ancient crater that embraces Orakei Basin, with extravagant views to inner Waitamata harbour and Auckland city.
The brief was very specific, with garaging a number of classic cars a primary concern.
Daniel’s design response wraps the garaging around a central 'pergatoria' - a term coined by the Italian architect Terragni for an entry courtyard. The garage doors are detailed to disappear into the adjoining cedar exterior. This area also incorporates the entry, conceived as a three level atrium, enticing the visitor up to the living level to reveal the views of the Auckland landscape beyond. The curved edge of the infinity pool echoes the form of Orakei basin and draws the sea view closer to the house.
The aesthetic and detailing of the house is intended to be quietly sophisticated using a limited palette of materials. A number of bespoke items designed specifically for the house by the architects enhances the glamour of the setting - these include a chandelier with hand blown glass spheres by Katie Brown, a front door handle crafted by David White and the panels behind the dining table painted by Daniel Marshall.
- Daniel Marshall
- Nick Sayes
- Emrana Sikder
- Cameron Pollock
- Tomek Marchewka
- Emily Andrews
- Haus & Auto – Callwey, Germany, pg. 156-161
- OBJECT – No. 23, Jun/Jul, Men's Interior, pg. 60-63
Daniel is a visionary. Each of his buildings has it’s own unique identity. He positioned our property perfectly on the existing piece of land and kept to our brief such that the house appears to meld into its surroundings and yet be on a grand scale… The result is a home that fulfils all our needs and more. It is a pleasure to live in and I would highly recommend this firm and its architects to anyone.
- Antra zinc
- Sto plaster
- Aluminium joinery
- French oak (light + black stains)
- Natural stones and marbles