Nestled among heritage cottages in its historic inner-city Auckland suburb, this exceptional renovation delivers a hearty shot of adrenaline. Far from a simple makeover, the four-bedroom, three-bathroom masterpiece is a bold reflection of the owners’ interest in design, art and architecture. The front facade remains in tune with the streetscape. Defined by a black zinc-clad pavilion, the modern extension accommodates luxurious new living and kitchen areas. Natural light, warmth and city views flood in through masses of glass. Glazed sliding doors allow seamless flow to a large deck to the northwest. The existing cottage was reconfigured and renovated to provide new bedrooms and exquisite, extensively tiled bathrooms. Garaging and plenty of storage are neatly tucked away in the newly designed basement. Guests can enjoy their own room on the lower level, along with a separate living area which flows out onto an expansive north facing deck and lawn. A sculptural black steel spiral staircase artfully links the outdoor living spaces.