Located in Auckland, New Zealand, Herne Bay Hideaway is a private city sanctuary that uniquely responds to its surroundings. Nestled amongst New Zealand’s native Pohutukawa trees, this property utilises nature’s elements to create a truly distinctive waterside oasis.

Lloyd Hartley Architects embraces natural light to illuminate the property with floor to ceiling windows and skylights. The high ceiling in the communal living quarters responds to this dispelling of light and creates an airy space that compliments its green surroundings and allows stunning views across Cox’s Bay in Waitemata Harbour. This light is interjected by the dark accents of the window frames and the furniture in the room which creates a harmonious balance in the interior.

The interior is formed of carefully selected colour hues and a natural material palette that allows the property to respond to its context and engage with its landscape. Muted neutral tones and the combination of wood, marble and concrete compliment nature’s colour palette on the exterior and work in harmony to create a cohesive and timeless feel inside.

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Photography by David Straight