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The International apartments in Princes St, Auckland, designed by Jasmax, will retain the historic facade from the former Grand Hotel.

Fully glazed walls will maximise the views and sunlight.

Princes Street is one of the highest parts of the city, which ensures the views are dramatic.

No expense is being spared when it comes to the materials, fixtures and fittings.

In addition to the pool, there will be a gymnasium, library, wine-tasting room, private cinema and private dining room.

Spacious interiors will be a feature of all the apartments, especially the penthouses, which will be a massive 424 square metres.

Kitchens will be manufactured in Germany, as will the appliances.

Contemporary bathrooms will also feature the latest technology and materials.

Construction is expected to begin towards the end of 2016, with completion late 2017, early 2018.

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There's luxury, and then there's ultra luxury, and this new apartment development is aimed squarely at the latter.

As Auckland developers seek to outdo each other with the ultimate apartment lifestyle, it seems the new International development in leafy Princes St in the city has raised the bar even higher.

It's not enough to provide spacious, contemporary interiors, a pool and a gym – now you also need a concierge, a private dining room, private cinema, library, wine-tasting room and IT support.

Fully glazed walls will maximise the views and sunlight.
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Fully glazed walls will maximise the views and sunlight.

The International apartments are being developed by Sanctuary Group within the historic Grand Hotel, which hosted Queen Elizabeth II after her coronation in 1953.

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Spacious interiors will be a feature of all the apartments, especially the penthouses, which will be a massive 424 ...
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Spacious interiors will be a feature of all the apartments, especially the penthouses, which will be a massive 424 square metres.

The historic facade will be retained, but the rest of the building will be wrapped in a sleek, white exoskeleton – a lattice of steel and alloy.

Architect James Whetter of Jasmax says the International is designed to offer more than just accommodation.

"The striking exterior, the apartment amenities and the impressive collection of shared social spaces will foster a real sense of identity and community for residents."

Interior designer Rufus Knight has brought his signature cool, calm style to the interiors, and specified high-end materials, fixtures and fittings, including German-manufactured kitchens and appliances.

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The building will have 88 apartments over 17 levels, with a range of one-, two-, and three-bedroom units, as well as 424 square-metre penthouse apartments.

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