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The original villa was built in 1880, seen here with its new transformation by Scarlet Architects.
The original villa was built in 1880, seen here with its new transformation by Scarlet Architects.
The new vertical shiplapped cedar-clad addition at the rear of the villa is stained dark to provide a clear distinction between old and new.
The new vertical shiplapped cedar-clad addition at the rear of the villa is stained dark to provide a clear distinction between old and new.
The window view into the main living area from the garden.
The window view into the main living area from the garden.
The dark-stained pergola provides a covered outdoor dining and lounge area off the indoor kitchen.
The dark-stained pergola provides a covered outdoor dining and lounge area off the indoor kitchen.
Large sliding doors open up the dining area to the garden.
Large sliding doors open up the dining area to the garden.
The sleek monochromatic kitchen in black, white and stainless steel.
The sleek monochromatic kitchen in black, white and stainless steel.
The kitchen ceiling is lower than the ceiling in the dining area, which features high clerestory windows that draws light into the space.
The kitchen ceiling is lower than the ceiling in the dining area, which features high clerestory windows that draws light into the space.
The kitchen and dining space leads out to the outdoor dining room.
The kitchen and dining space leads out to the outdoor dining room.
The open-plan multi-use space in the new extension features polished concrete floors throughout.
The open-plan multi-use space in the new extension features polished concrete floors throughout.
The window seat under a bi-folding door provides a quiet space overlooking the garden.
The window seat under a bi-folding door provides a quiet space overlooking the garden.
The lounge area with gas fireplace.
The lounge area with gas fireplace.
A built-in display case lines the steps up to the villa corridor.
A built-in display case lines the steps up to the villa corridor.
The villa hallway features arches, board-and-batten ceilings and kauri floors.
The villa hallway features arches, board-and-batten ceilings and kauri floors.
The front lounge seen through the shutters.
The front lounge seen through the shutters.
The master bedroom at the front of the house has shuttered windows and curtains for added privacy.
The master bedroom at the front of the house has shuttered windows and curtains for added privacy.
A sumptuous gold velvet bedhead adds to the autumnal colour palette.
A sumptuous gold velvet bedhead adds to the autumnal colour palette.
The ensuite bathroom.
The ensuite bathroom.
The ensuite bathroom features distinctive Victorian-style tiling on the walls and floor.
The ensuite bathroom features distinctive Victorian-style tiling on the walls and floor.
The view of the bedroom from the en suite.
The view of the bedroom from the en suite.
The villa at dusk.
The villa at dusk.
An original photograph of Devonport House, sitting second from the left in the row of four, taken in 1925 (Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 4-3138G).
An original photograph of Devonport House, sitting second from the left in the row of four, taken in 1925 (Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 4-3138G).
The existing ground-floor plan, by Scarlet Architects.
The existing ground-floor plan, by Scarlet Architects.
The ground-floor plan of the newly renovated house by Scarlet Architects.
The ground-floor plan of the newly renovated house by Scarlet Architects.
The first-floor and roof plan, by Scarlet Architects.
The first-floor and roof plan, by Scarlet Architects.
This section through the new extension shows the ground floor and the lofty space within the first-floor bedroom, by Scarlet Architects.
This section through the new extension shows the ground floor and the lofty space within the first-floor bedroom, by Scarlet Architects.

About the
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Scarlet Architects was established in 2000 by architects Jane Aimer and Lindley Naismith. Subsequently they were joined by Mike Dowsett.

We believe that great work comes from a high level of personal creativity coupled with an in-depth understanding of the practical requirements of the project.                    

We work closely in conjunction with their clients to best meet the brief and to design in sympathy with the surrounding environment. We have a real interest in designing for a sustainable future.

Since 2004 we have received seven NZIA Local Awards and two NZIA New Zealand Awards for Architecture.