PHOTO: SAM HARTNETT/HOME Lisa Webb’s stunning home.

For a moment, coming in from a bright Auckland afternoon through the timber-lined entry of architect Lisa Webb’s home, your eyes take time to adjust.

Slowly, the house reveals itself as you round the corner – a black ceiling, rimu lining and dark blue walls come into relief.

The effect is almost painterly, with the hues of an old Dutch master. Colours are warm and saturated.

Shafts of light enter through deliberately placed windows and skylights, to exist as almost solid objects inside the space.

There are quite a lot of walls. The entire house feels cocooned, pleasantly inward facing, but not claustrophobic.

“I feel comfortable in enclosed spaces,” says Webb.