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Mercer and Mercer

Stripping everything back to its essentials is something Brutalist architecture and the yachting industry have in common. This stunning, raw concrete block house is a tribute to exactly that, reflecting its owners love of the scale and drama of industrial spaces, honest materials and exposed structures.

Entrance through the grand double-height steel-framed doors into the cavernous open-plan kitchen/dining/living space is dramatic. This effect is amped up by a full-drop velvet curtain which aids acoustics as do the cedar battened ceilings. Kauri ply linings and recycled wooden doors from the former State house on the site lend warmth and character.

Step from marble tiles up the metal mesh balustraded-stairs, to the bedrooms and bathrooms.

Outdoor living is unaffected by the seasons with a cantilevered roof protecting the double-height doors to the covered stunner of a courtyard. This is complete with fireplace and imposing double-height chimney. With a house this spectacular these passionate yachties may become confirmed landlubbers.

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