Introducing Auckland’s newest icon of urban architecture: York House

Soon to be constructed in the highly sought-after suburb of Parnell, York House is the latest luxury residential offering from Precinct Properties. Lauded local architects Monk Mackenzie were tasked with the development’s design, and the result is a sculptural set of 33 elegant apartments elevated over three levels, plus an additional eight exclusive private penthouses rising above on the top floors.

Rangiototo and the Waitematā fill York House’s vista to the north-east, and to the north-west, penthouse residents will have an unobstructed view of the downtown cityscape. On the southernmost side, leafy urban views frame the Auckland Domain. 

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A slightly concave facade creates the impression of the building peeling in from each street corner, adding a subtle sense of sculpture to the overarching modern language. Imbued within the building are clever, creative responses to the Tamaki Makaurau environment, including charcoal concrete pleating in the facade surfacing that emulates the city’s volcanic bedrock, and a vertical ribbed structure that creates an impressive interplay of natural light and shadow along the curvaceous form. 

Each individual space has been tailored and crafted to perfection, with no detail left untouched. When it came time to consider interiors, renowned interior designer Amelia Holmes was an obvious choice, bringing her penchant for pitch perfect materiality and refined luxury to the project. The material palette at York House is a masterclass in contemporary opulence; well appointed kitchens, fitted with sleek Gaggenau or Miele appliances, are anchored by travertine stone or honed arabescato island benching while sleek floor-to-ceiling walnut cabinetry conceals a fully equipped scullery. Elsewhere, timeless timber, natural ceramic tiles and hardy concrete ensure enduring appeal.

Each space sees meticulously appointed living and entertainment areas that seamlessly blend with the outdoors, flowing with ease onto expansive terraces towards the spectacular views. On the building’s lowest level, a private wine cellar makes for an intimate social space to sample personal collections. 

A short 10-minute walk will see residents on the doorstep of Parnell’s lively shopping district where the likes of Faradays, Non Solo Pizza, Lamplight Books and Parnell Gallery await. 

A perfect counterpoint to the heritage architecture and industrial commercial spaces Parnell is known for, York House is set to become a modern icon of luxury urban living. Exclusively available via New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty, and with construction set to commence mid-2024, those interested in learning more would be advised to do so in haste, as demand is unsurprisingly high for this new benchmark of apartment living.


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