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Contemporary Waikopua residence, Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland-based interior designers and architects Daniel Marshall Architects  have completed the Waikopua project. Completed in 2007, the luxury beach property is located in Auckland, New Zealand.

According to the architects: “A stand of Nikau, an idyllic private bay and a building platform defined by ridges either side set the architectural program of the design of this luxury family beach house.

“The concept evolved from the idea of a family group camping, creating space between the functional nodes. This was particularly important in allowing space for the boats and water to move through the valley to the bay below. This space was utilised to give physical separation to the guest house as well as a garage.

The materials and form were chosen to be empathetic to the landscape and fauna. The contemporary Auckland house is designed to integrate into the landscape – the stone walls were sourced locally, the windows are tinted to limit reflection and the timber upper level stained dark to blend into the bush behind.  It has been said that the colour of the New Zealand native bush is black.

“It was important to activate the spaces around the contemporary New Zealand house giving a progression to enjoy. From the lawn overlooking the sea soaking up the morning light, to the private courtyard, framed by the Nikau grove, catching the last rays in the evening whilst enjoying the outdoor fire.”

Images courtesy of Simon Devitt.

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Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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November 26, 2012 | Property | View comments

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