Orakei Basin, Auckland, New Zealand 2011

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.

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  • Daniel Marshall
  • Nick Sayes
  • Emrana Sikder
  • Cameron Pollock
  • Tomek Marchewka
  • Emily Andrews
    Ernie Shackles
    Patrick Reynolds
  • Haus & Auto – Callwey, Germany, pg. 156-161
  • OBJECT – No. 23, Jun/Jul, Men's Interior, pg. 60-63