This new home nestles into the contours of the land; its sloping roof keeps it below the established recession planes, so no resource consent or sign-off from neighbours was required.
It’s all very low key apart from one artful touch: when visitors approach, they are directed to the front door by a horizontal slash of red on a metal fascia board that contrasts the black vertical timber cladding.
“It’s painted ‘Pioneer Red’ which relates historically to the colour and tone many homes in the neighbourhood used,” says Hogarth.
On the entrance side of the building the garage is made discrete by blending with the cladding.
The front door opens to a passageway, with the careful placement of a window at the end of the space that frames a large magnolia tree.
It is only once you turn a corner and enter the living room that a tableau of the city, with the Auckland Sky Tower spiking up, emerges.
“The more you enter, the more you mdiscover,” says Hogarth.
The building steps down three levels and each floor has a different aspect.
The highest storey with its living/dining/kitchen space puts the park view fully in the frame.
This level also has a generous east-facing balcony for breakfast in the dappled sun with a green and serene backdrop.