That bank of windows though...
This hilltop honey is The Block's Alex & Corban Walls' first home-build project, a container house at Muriwai beach. (I featured more photos from it here).
It's just one of many eco-conscious, contemporary NZ homes in the new Green Modern book by Claire McCall. Alex & Corban's place was designed and built by Corban and his surfing buddy - young architecture graduate Fraser Horton - out of six rusted and dented second-hand shipping containers and many hundreds of hours of hard work.
Green Modern's great-big-coffee-table-book pages showcase 15 different NZ homes that embrace the principles of stylish yet sustainable design and environmentally-sensitive building – from inner-city pads to remote island retreats. Amongst the 250 pages of inspiring NZ architecture and interiors, there's also plenty of tips and how-to's for creating or renovating your own green modern home.