Love language, Auckland

A devotion to era-appropriate design has seen this mid-century renovation continue a conversation between what was and what is.

Amid an outlook of dappled green with a soundtrack of chirping cicadas and the thwack of tennis balls coming from the club behind the hedge, it’s easy to forget you’re fairly close to the central city when you’re standing on the deck of this home in Remuera, Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland.

When asked whether he considers himself a mid-century enthusiast, its owner and architect Julian Guthrie says, “Absolutely, yes! I really love the early modernism. There were exciting, experimental things happening internationally and here in New Zealand, resulting in some lovely little places. Typically, they were simply built and modest in scale, but a lot of the language of the architecture of that time still feels fresh and interesting.”