Auckland Central, AUK, NZ
215/83 Halsey Street
"Skilfully planned, beautifully crafted, one of the most beautiful residential spaces experienced," Best Design Award judges wrote of this ground floor apartment at Lighter Quay, when it won Gold.
A bespoke, cutting edge apartment unlike any other, with glass on three sides, this intriguing sculptural home is perfectly positioned to watch passers-by, surrounding buildings, boats and the water. Yet with light-filled living spaces around the perimeter, it cleverly provides a cocooning environment for a couple to hide away in tranquil luxury.
After merging two adjoining two-bedroom apartments, Jasmax architect Tim Hooson remodeled the interiors and created an extraordinary structure that floats sinuously throughout to define fluid moulded spaces. Corian walls billow out like sails in a gentle breeze, curving over and wrapping around the ceiling. In contrast, opaque bubble walls mimic the rippling surface of water and white oak adds warmth in kitchen and bedroom cabinetry.
A very large one-bedroom apartment with a flexible second living area or guest bedroom, it is also incredibly practical. The living effectively doubles, expanding into a glazed lanai featuring an eco-smart fire. In winter, zoned underfloor heating keeps it warm. There are cupboards and secretive storage everywhere. Phenomenal capacity is incorporated in a customised dressing room and a dedicated laundry/lundia storage room. Two bathrooms add a high level of sophistication featuring shapely Ross Lovegrove fittings from Vitra.
Sensual, organic and enthralling, every space is considered. Right beside the Sofitel, ideal for your guests when they come to stay, this is a most amazing apartment, an incredible place to live on the water in a hugely sought-after location among Auckland's international yacht-racing buzz- with the opportunity to moor your boat right outside.
Lighter Quay has amenities that include onsite management, 18 metre heated pool, sauna, gym and many guest car parks. Leasehold title, in perpetuity, with seven yearly reviews.