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Casa Sombreros

Casa Sombreros

Patagonia’s surreal landscapes make it a dream destination for a rural retreat but its remote location makes it less than ideal to build one. Casa Sombreros overcomes the challenge with a prefab construction. Overlooking Patagonia’s largest lake, the shingled dwelling is made entirely from prefabricated materials and was assembled in five months. It’s comprised of two intersecting volumes perched over the bank on steel stilts. The foundation is secured directly to the bedrock for added stability while contributing minimal disruption to the existing terrain. Internally, native timber lines the open living spaces, a complement to the rugged scenery viewed from east-facing glazing. Wrapped in oak decks, the interior effortlessly transitions to the outdoors for unobstructed views of the glacial waters and the Andes mountain in the distance.

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Black Ferns sweep Australia

Black Ferns sweep Australia

The Black Ferns have eased away from the Australian Wallaroos to the tune of 37-8 at Eden Park, thus taking the Laurie O’Reilly Memorial Trophy series 2-0.

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Porta Volta Garage Conversion

Porta Volta Garage Conversion

Housed in a former 19th-century auto repair garage, the Porta Volta Garage Conversion fuses its historic roots with contemporary finishes and custom furniture to create a modern loft in Milan. The building’s original arches and exposed brick walls create a dramatic backdrop for the open living space. A larch wood ceiling complements the classic details while concrete walls and furniture, fittings, and fixtures designed by the architect add to the industrial atmosphere. As a tribute to the owner’s passion for sailing, the home incorporates subtle nautical references including wide-lank oak floors resembling the decking on boats, wooden stairs in the shape of propellers, and slate-colored bathroom tile from Liguria — a maritime destination frequented by the client. The centerpiece of the interior is the staircase. Its spiral steps transport inhabitants to upper-level’s master bedroom through a two-story concrete cylinder.

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Takapuna Central – Negotiate a Deal

Takapuna Central – Negotiate a Deal

Perfectly located in central Takapuna. Last vacant space in this sunny, well-located, modern and well-appointed office building. Filled with natural light plus a good view of Takapuna. It has excellent amenities including, funky kitchen/lunch room. The layout provides a separate meeting room and a shared common space with quality kitchen facilities. The landlord is willing to negotiate a deal for the right tenant.
– Open plan – with plenty of space to partition
– Total gross floor area 178m² (approx.)
– Sunny and bright with a pleasant outlook
– Two car parks included in rental (more may be possible)
– lift access and stairs
– Close to Takapuna shops, mall, cafes, public transport and the beach
Please phone NAI Harcourts for details.

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Casa MM

Casa MM

Casa MM is sited at the foot of a mountain range that draws in tourists to its nearby trails. To combat the high traffic area, the dwelling uses a wedge design. The narrow end of the home is oriented at the paths while the roofline inclines toward the peaks, taking the focus off the visiting hikers and placing it on the surrounding scenery. Its sloping profile mimics the rolling terrain while the concrete and stone facade complements the rugged environment. External materials are left exposed on the interior and are met with rich wood tones. The combination creates a modern atmosphere that balances the views of the rural landscapes.

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Eden Park unbeaten streak on the line

Eden Park unbeaten streak on the line

New Zealand are not only defending the Bledisloe Cup at Eden Park but also an unbeaten record at the ground that is already nearly twice as long as that achieved by any of the top nations in world rugby.

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House ILL

House ILL

Designed by INT2 architects and rendered by Dave Bowcutt, the House ILL places an off-grid cabin in the forest of Latvia. The dwelling is imagined as a simple, gabled form that has been wrapped in black metal siding. Its ends are clad in reclaimed barn wood, tying the structure to the landscape and offering a warm contrast to the dark facade. While the modern retreat is easy on the eyes, it’s also easy on the environment therefore creating a harmonious union between minimalist design and eco-friendly living.

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