Situated on the edge of the ancient crater that embraces Orakei Basin, sits a new and striking home by Auckland based architect Daniel Marshall. With sweeping views to the city and across the harbour, the home makes the most of its seaside vantage point with many rooms within the home primed for coastal viewing. Marshall's brief was very specific, he explains:
"Garaging a number of [the owners'] cars was a primary concern. My design response was to wrap the garaging around a central 'pergatoria' - a term coined by the Italian architect Terragni for an entry courtyard. The garage doors are detailed in such a way [so that they can] disappear into the adjoining cedar walls. This area also incorporates the entry, conceived as a three level atrium that entices the visitor up to the living level [with the] eventual revelation of the views of the Auckland landscape. The curved edge of the infinity pool echoes the form of Orakei basin and draws the sea view closer to the home."
Marshall used a limited palette of materials to create a sense of cohesiveness with the home's exterior and interior, and also commissioned many bespoke items designed specifically for the house including a hand blown chandelier by Katie Brown and a front door handle crafted by David White. The exceptional panels behind the dining table were painted by the architect himself.