These are given to entrants who achieve 90% of the available points and judged to be at least 80% above industry standard.
Sunning itself on a steep, sloping site north of Auckland, this cool, contemporary three-storey home comprises three distinct volumes – clad in concrete, black aluminium and golden cedar. Inside, four bedrooms and three bathrooms await on 339sqm. Concrete walls carry into the entrance hall. Wood floors merge into the staircase climbing to the central open-plan living pod. This is extensively glazed for maximum sun and views. Living and kitchen bookend the dining space. The kitchen borrows visual elements from the exterior. A butler’s pantry and second lounge are incorporated cleverly into the open-plan design while still enjoying a degree of separation. There’s a choice of alfresco living spaces in the terraced yard. Take your pick from sun-drenched dining, sheltered relaxation or barbecue with bar seating. A spa pool is well placed to soak up views. Bathrooms exude resort-worthy opulence and tranquillity with stunning fittings and finishes and a superb freestanding bath. The master domain features a sweeping daybed with water views.