The New Zealand National Business Review named this property as the nation's best in the Top 100 Homes List for 2001.
Featured in New Zealand Architecture and other noted publications. The House alludes to more than the architecture of Italian neo-rationalism. As the influences of Louis Kahn and Corbusier are present also. It was created by Pip Cheshire, Jasmax architects and has been honoured by the New Zealand Institute of architecture among others.
In keeping with modernism the materials used are plain and unpretentious and chosen for form and function. Concrete and custom made concrete brick give strength and form to the basic structure of the house, large surfaces of glass are used liberally as windows and doors.
There are two outdoor living areas. At the front of the house opening to the expanse of Rangitoto island and extensive sea views. There is an uncluttered broad flat terrace out to the edge of the cliff, which finishes in an infinity reflecting pool giving the illusion of being continuous with the sea; and off to one side there is a sunken seating area.
The heated swimming pool, spa and entertaining facilities are in a separate more intimate area closer to the less formal living areas of the house.
As with the exterior the materials have been chosen for form and function. Concrete and custom made concrete brick are used for walls and ceilings. The parquet floors are American Oak and the cabinetry is American Maple by Hayden and Rollett.
Substantial use of glass allows the light to flood in and an opportunity for the magnificent view to become a feature of the interior.
This home of approximately 10,900 sq ft offers mainly open living and includes a theatre, four bedrooms, long galley kitchen with utility room, two dining areas that each seat 12. The entrance foyer doubles as a gallery. In the basement there is independent garaging for seven with storage for further vehicles and special foundations for the roots an old preserved olive tree.
Located within 15 minutes (off peak) of Auckland's CBD, the site approx 2314 square meters of cliff top land from which it has wide sea views out over the Hauraki Gulf (Auckland's outer harbour) and on to the horizon of the Pacific Ocean.
By careful design, the location and orientation of the house is such that the outlook across the sea is dominated by a perfectly captured and symmetrically framed perspective of the volcanic island of Rangitoto. With its very distinctive shape and visibility from many parts of the city, the 1000 year old island nature reserve has become a city icon, and like the very old olive tree carefully preserved in the rear garden, it has been incorporated into the aesthetics of the house itself. This home continues to be regarded as a spectacular work of art The Owners have been transferred overseas and reluctantly offer their home to the market. To ensure your opportunity to purchase - call the agent without delay.