The long steep waterfront site on the edge of a public reserve presented Leuschke Architects and Stevenson Concrete with a challenge.

Random timber formwork was cast in-situ to create a contrast between the white precast panels and the earthy brown tones of the lower floor reminiscent of ramparts, or even the embattlements that remain at the edges of the Waitemata Harbour.

Stevenson trialled samples of various colours working closely with the architect to fit their brief in terms of color and final appearance.The meticulous attention to detail make for a stunning coastal home with a welcome sense of permanence.

The house was built by Good Bros and won a Resene Local Award for Archictecture 2007.