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Industrial Ingenuity: Contemporary Auckland Home in Concrete, Steel and Glass

When it comes to providing backdrops ranging from the serene to the stunning, few cities come close to the charm of lovely Auckland. Located in one of its heritage suburbs, the Elizabeth Street Residence combines a hint of colonial vibe with a breezy industrial palette and plenty of contemporary comfort. One of the most distinctive features of the home is its Dutch gable that is covered in steel and ushers in an air of timelessness to an otherwise modern structure. Turning a normal home in a multi-level residence with a lovely attic, the design of the house by Dorrington Atcheson Architects fuses a distinct silhouette with seamless modern ergonomics.

Double-height void for the living room with glass windows and doors

It is the double-height living room on the lower level that morphs into the heart and soul of the home, with the dining area and kitchen on one side and the open outdoors on the other. Connected with the backyard, pool area and the sweeping deck, it has a relaxing outdoorsy feel, and the open design with large glass doors and windows enhances this airy ambiance. Concrete plays a pivotal role in shaping the house and giving it a refined industrial style, even as a cedar-clad accent wall offers visual contrast and inviting warmth.

A spiral staircase leads to the top level that holds the kids’ rooms on one side and the master suite on the other, connected by a concrete and glass bridge. Colorful, classy and exclusive, this is a home that reflects the personality of its residents with panache!

Cedar accent wall in the living room adds inviting warmth to the industrial design palette

Decor finds the balance between vintage and modern

Lower level living area of the Auckland home that flows into the backyard

Precast concrete adds an industrial vibe to the dynamic interior

Precast concrete living room wall holds sleek modern fireplace and wall art

Wall of glass doors connect the kitchen with the outdoors

Kitchen and dining area remain both connected and detached from the living room

A bolts-and-all approach to the design creates a dwelling that is intentionally challenging with each element of its structural make-up exposed. This family home fits the owners’ brief for an interpretation of contemporary living that celebrates the raw expression of materials with an unexpected combination of openness and enclosure.

Glass and steel railing for the concrete spiral staircase

Concrete and glass bridge connects the kids' bedrooms with the master wing

Spiral concrete staircase set against a cedar-clad wall

Colorful tube structure acts as the kids' bathroom

Bathroom with ombre walls

Small home office design with concrete walls

Gorgeous use of art work adds color to the Auckland home

Natural light and ambient lighting add to the glow of the New Zealand home

Twin level private Auckland home combines classic touches with modern style

Elizabeth Street by Dorrington Atcheson Architects in New Zealand

View of the Elizabeth Street Residence after sunset

Sherry Nothingam
Sherry is a blogger who loves to live her life to the fullest. She enjoys everything associated with design, décor and stylish modern trends. Born in California, Sherry has grown up on open ranches and in a wild setting, which has defined her taste for design and developed her interest in examining how structures and homes interact with the beauti[...]

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