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Contemporary glass and concrete combine in this inner-city newbuild

A vacant piece of land in Auckland’s St Mary’s Bay is transformed into a stunning contemporary home that champions its owners’ vision of being “ultimately uncomplicated”

Who lives here?

Ian Webster (founder and former owner of Verge women’s fashion label), Jianni Felpas and miniature schnauzer Bex.

The vision

The duo had a fairly free rein when it came to the kind of house they could build on the 680 square metre section. The only condition from the council was that the house must be in keeping with the ‘grain’ of the area. As far as design went, they knew what they didn’t want. “We didn’t want a bungalow or colonial look. We always wanted something more modern and contemporary,” Webster says. “Something using a lot of glass and wood, and something that could nestle into the hill without looking too harsh. We really just wanted the new place to hang together, be easy to live in and ultimately uncomplicated.”

 Words by: Diana Clarke.  Photography by: Sally Tagg.

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