13 May 24

Woods Bagot-designed luxury residences to occupy Auckland’s waterfront

Building on Winton’s Auckland waterfront portfolio, the developer has launched The Villard, its latest residential development in Wynyard Quarter.  


Located on the corner of Pakenham Street West and Daldy Street, the site will be home to 21 large luxury freehold luxury homes over 12 levels.  

Woods Bagot’s brief from Winton was to design waterfront residences that channelled both metropolitan sophistication and the charm of seaside living.  

Andy Gentry, Project Principal and Portfolio Lead, and Bronwyn McColl, Interior Design Principal, worked closely with Winton to devise a design response that would appear at home in its waterfront context and appeal to a cultivated and affluent demographic, bringing their vision to life. 

“We looked to examples of luxury living in cities around the world to understand what makes them stand the test of time,” says McColl. “We applied those principles to a uniquely New Zealand context to discern the right language to use for an emerging precinct.”  

Inside, lofty internal stud heights and gallery-like walls offer space and grandeur within a premium location, and providing a canvas for each resident to customise for themselves.  

“The interior palette is not ostentatious: it’s understated, refined luxury, which is legible in the quality materials, in the spatial organisation, and the sense of well-considered, ageless design,” says McColl.  

The Villard features three- to five-bedroom residences, ranging between 166 and 542 square metres. Each residence features floor-to-ceiling windows, a private balcony, and views of the historic quarter to the Waitemata Harbour.  

“We’ve used materials such as stone, natural timbers, and brass hardware, which are selected for their enduring quality, both in their hardwearing nature and in their timelessness,” says Gentry. “The elevated materials, paired with bespoke joinery and neutral base palette, yield sophistication through restraint. This provides a robust base for a contemporary art program that enlivens the interior spaces.”    

The Villard will connect with the culture and vibrancy of Wynyard Quarter and the Viaduct, adding to its expanding ecosystem of restaurants, art, culture and entertainment.  

“The building engages with the streetscape through ground-floor hospitality and connects with new and existing laneways in the precinct, giving the building its permeable ground plane and cosmopolitan charm,” says Gentry.  

Winton chief executive Chris Meehan adds that maritime quintessence and inner-city contemporaneity have been key ingredients to the genesis of the precinct.  

“We drew on both the character of major metropolitan cities and the charm of waterfront living to recreate a slice of Europe right here in the marina,” Meehan says.  

“Inspired by traditional European architecture, paired with Danish design sensibilities of minimalism and restraint, The Villard is a statement building that powerfully expresses a stately, grand and opulent look and feel and will be a timeless feature on Auckland’s waterfront.” 

The Villard includes live-in concierge, a ground floor hospitality venue Café Victor, extensive carparking and storage facilities. Freehold apartments in the Villard start at $5.4 million and climb to $29 million for the sub-penthouse – a commanding four-bed, four-bath residence (542 square meters) with unmitigated harbour views. 

The Villard will be located next to Winton’s planned Woods Bagot-designed vertical Northbrook Wynyard Quarter luxury later living precinct and part of the wider Cracker Bay precinct.  

The Villard.

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