St Heliers House

This prominent corner site in an elevated position above the beachside Auckland suburb of St Heliers offers fabulous views out over the Hauraki Gulf to Rangitoto. In keeping with its prime position, this large family home holds a commanding presence and is unashamedly modern. The crisp white design rises up over three levels and cleverly folds around the exterior spaces, giving protection from the elements and at the same time focussing the occupants’ view out across the harbour.

To add contrast – and also to ground the building – the pool, spa, feature wall and chimney have all been clad in rough-hewn, stone tiles. Vertical metal louvres also help to alleviate the mass of the home and provide privacy from the street front. The infinity-edge pool is designed (and been colour-coordinated) to blend seamlessly with the ocean when sitting on the lower level. An extensive programme of hard and soft landscaping finishes off this splendid example of a resort-style modern family home.

See more by

Related articles

Little retreats: The Hotel Britomart

Cooper and Company’s transformation of the Britomart precinct in Auckland’s waterfront was a game-changer not just for the City of Sails but as a wider-reaching example of respectful and forward-thinking urban regeneration.

Little retreats: Park Hyatt

There is an undeniable grandiosity to the Park Hyatt’s inner sanctum, a sort of cathedral-like, gasp moment at being confronted with a huge, vertical void filled with modulated light and a powerful architectural statement.

Little retreats: QT Auckland

This hotel chain from across the ditch has been making inroads in New Zealand since 2015 when it purchased the quirky, art-filled, Museum Hotel in Wellington and refurbished it with visual cues that range from the circus-like through to French cabaret.

Family Affair

Designed and built by family members, this house in Leigh is steeped in heritage and ancestry.