About this listing
Designed in 1976 by Ron Sang for renowned international photographer Brian Brake, the Brake House remains a classic of mid-century modernism.
DOCOMOMO lists it among New Zealand's top 20 modern buildings, sites and neighbourhoods.
Enjoy the sensation of glass pavilions floating in the West Auckland rainforest. The Brake House, designed by one of the country's great architects Ron Sang, is an oasis of calm in New Zealand's largest city.
A marvel of craftsmanship and innovation, a stay at the Brake House feels like living in an artwork. The serene bush surrounding the house and the artwork of renowned and emerging New Zealand artists adorning the living spaces set the scene for a tranquil and inspiring experience.
You'll find one of the five deck areas perfect for breakfast, relaxing, or a drink while you soak in a sublime view of Auckland city, and the calming song of the native bird-life.
A glass bridge marks the meeting of the private and public areas of the house and is just one of many areas to sit and enjoy the extraordinary view.
Will it be morning yoga or an afternoon massage in the glass pavilion Tatami room? Or perhaps a perfect local pinot by the open fire?
To get you started, a stunning bottle of local wine awaits you, together with breakfast provisions featuring boutique local and organic fare.
Your luxurious experience will continue with sumptuous bed linens and towels crafted in NZ from high grade Egyptian cotton and locally made toiletries. Comfy robes and slippers are also supplied.
The Brake House showcases a carefully selected range of products and creations by local artisans. Where possible, each is sustainable and organic; and is available for you to purchase and enjoy.
For privacy, we have not posted photographs of the bedrooms and bathrooms, but will happily provide them on request. All bathrooms have Philippe Starck fixtures and fittings with one featuring a spa bath.
Interaction with guests
Concierge service: for an additional fee we will be happy to assist you with other arrangements for your stay including maid service, beauty, yoga, pilates and masseuse bookings, personal chef, boutique tours, Piha surf lessons and airport/city transfers to name a few. Please enquire when booking your stay.
Titirangi, 'Fringe of Heaven' in Maori, is a beautifully relaxed village 13 kilometres from Auckland's CBD and 1500 metres from the Brake House.
It is the approximate midway point between the city, and Auckland's beautiful and rugged West Coast beaches, Piha, Karekare, Bethells and Muriwai.
Titirangi has inspired many as the home of some of New Zealand's greatest visual artists and writers. Colin McCahon, sculptor Guy Ngan, Maurice Shadbolt and, of course, the man who was the driving influence behind the house, Brian Brake.
Colin McCahon's home is open to the public and hosts an artist in residence throughout the year. The village boasts numerous eateries, with a local produce and craft market the last Sunday of each month. Auckland's second largest gallery, Te Uru, offers world class exhibitions and a stunning architectural experience. The village also provides full amenities (pharmacy, post shop, hair salon, supermarket and petrol station), a full service day Spa and amateur theatre company. All this is a wander away through picturesque tree-lined streets that treat you to stunning vistas of the landscape and city.
There are numerous bush walks in the area. Exhibition Drive, one of the most popular in the region, is two minutes away. Titirangi is surrounded by beautiful beaches and bays of the Manukau harbour.
Everything you need in the neighbourhood is an easy walk. The bus stop (to Titirangi and the New Lynn rail hub) is a three minute walk. The village is an easy 15-minute walk.
Because we are a Category 1 New Zealand Historic Place, we ask that there be no smoking on the property.
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We are enthusiastic travellers with a passion for art, design and architecture.
We live with two cats in an architecturally significant home in the bush-clad Waitakere Ranges in Auckland's west.