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This home connects with its environment through aluminium windows and doors from Windowmakers

This house features metal doors and windows from Windowmakers


Nestled amongst mature pohutukawa trees, this generous home is perched on a clifftop with scenic outlooks across Auckland's Hobson Bay.

The residence's east-facing windows were designed with large fixed glass panels to accentuate the views, says architect Robyn Bilkey.

Bilkey chose anodised aluminium joinery, from Windowmakers' APL Architectural Series, to complement the home's natural colour palette – grey pre-cast concrete panels mimicking the striations of the cliff below the home, and vertical dark stained, random thickness cedar boards reflecting the texture and shadows of the pohutukawa around the established site.

"The finish is also a reference to the old black baches with white joinery of New Zealand's classic and casual mid-century," says Bilkey.

Windowmakers played a vital part in ensuring her vision for the house was fulfilled from start to finish. For example, the company enhanced the main entrance by designing a custom door with rustic stained-cedar battens – blending it in with the home's cladding.


Working closely with architects, owners and building companies to achieve the right look for their designs is a passion for all Windowmakers project managers, and Paul Keen, who worked on this elevated project, is no exception.

"Here, the design intention was to achieve a modern look using traditional materials and create a spacious feel inside," says Keen.

For inspiration, visit the Windowmakers Design Centre, 79 Forge Rd, Silverdale, Auckland, phone 0800 89 49 89, email:, web:

First published date: 11 March 2016

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