Herringbone Wood Floor for Heritage Apartment

In the heart of Auckland’s vibrant High Street, a heritage apartment sought a flooring solution that would honor its classic authenticity while meeting modern durability standards. The challenge was to blend timeless aesthetics with practicality, catering to both the apartment’s historical charm and its contemporary living requirements.

Spacious Open Plan Kitchen with European wood flooring

Technical Details

The flooring chosen for this project is in the Whisky Sour colour, a part of our Vienna Woods Distilled Collection. Whisky Sour adds a touch of elegance and history to the home. Lithuanian oak is renowned for its durability and density, a result of the slow growth caused by the region’s average temperature of 8 degrees Celsius. This slow growth process allows the timber to develop a dense, solid structure with unique and intriguing colouring and grain profiles.

Light filled room wit stunning timber flooring

Design and Aesthetic

The design of the home is a perfect blend of modern and classic styles, with the herringbone parquet flooring adding a touch of timeless elegance. The client desired a flooring option that could withstand the rigors of daily life while complementing the apartment’s high ceilings. It was crucial to preserve the space’s historical integrity while enhancing its visual appeal with a luxurious finish.

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Fun Fact: The Whisky Sour Cocktail

Like so many spirits and cocktails, we can thank sailors for this delicious cocktail. The Whisky Sour was a perfect combination of citrus, to combat scurvy, and whisky to quench the sailor’s thirst. This cocktail embodies sophistication and a rich history, much like our Whisky Sour-coloured oak flooring.

open plan Auckland home with European oak hardwood flooring

The installation of the timber flooring not only revitalized the apartment’s interior but also exceeded the client’s expectations in terms of aesthetics and performance. The lacquer finish provided a resilient surface that required minimal maintenance, ensuring long-lasting beauty without compromising on functionality.

open plan spacious kitchen lifted by oak wood floors

This project in Auckland’s High Street is a testament to the elegance and durability of our high-grade Lithuanian oak flooring. The herringbone parquet style adds a classic touch to the modern design of the apartment, creating a space that is both timeless and contemporary. The Whisky Sour colour enhances the home’s bright and airy feel, making it a truly inviting and stylish space.

For those looking to elevate their home with high-quality timber flooring in Auckland, Vienna Woods offers a range of options that combine sustainability, durability, and exceptional beauty. Our Distilled Collection oak flooring is a perfect choice for creating a stunning, long-lasting foundation for any home.


Builder: Ashton Build

Photography: Mark Scowan

Flooring Consultant: Razvan


Wood Species: Lithuanian Oak

Style: Herringbone Parquet

Grade: Light Feature

Colour: Whisky Sour (part of the Vienna Woods Distilled Collection)

Origin: Lithuania // made in Europe to meet strict European compliance standards

Durability: Highly durable due to slow-grown, dense structure

If you are interested in more information about Parquet Styles, check our knowledge sheet here.

Transforming a Modern Home with Quality Oak Floors

This stunning home, characterised by its open layout and breathtaking views, showcases the exceptional quality and aesthetic appeal of Vienna Woods’ Foundation Collection. The homeowners sought a flooring solution that offered both elegance and durability, and our engineered European oak timber flooring provided the perfect match.

Spacious Open Plan Kitchen with European wood flooring

Quality Features

Our Foundation Collection is renowned for its premium features:

  • European Made European Oak: Manufactured to the highest standards in Europe, ensuring top-notch quality and finish.
  • CE Compliance: Certified to meet European safety, health, and environmental protection requirements.
  • Sustainability Certifications: Our timber is sourced from sustainably managed forests, reflecting our commitment to environmental stewardship.
  • Extensive Warranties: Offering peace of mind with long-term performance guarantees.
  • Trusted Protective Coating Systems: Enhanced durability and easy maintenance with high-quality protective coatings.
  • Reasonable Prices: Providing superior value without compromising on quality.
Light filled room wit stunning timber flooring

Aesthetic and Functional Benefits

The homeowners selected our oak flooring for its soft, natural warmth, which perfectly complements the home’s modern design and expansive views. The fixed-length planks, each measuring a generous 2.2 metres, create a sense of continuity and spaciousness throughout the interior.

views from auckland home showcasing natural oak timber flooring

Project Highlights

  • Natural Warmth: The oak timber floors add a soft, inviting warmth to the home’s interior, enhancing the overall ambience.
  • Open Layout: The seamless integration of the timber flooring with the open layout accentuates the home’s spaciousness and light-filled environment.
  • Stunning Views: The flooring’s subtle, Scandinavian-style colouring beautifully frames the stunning views, bringing the outside in.
open plan Auckland home with European oak hardwood flooring
open plan spacious kitchen lifted by oak wood floors

This project is a testament to the transformative power of high-quality timber flooring. The Vienna Woods Foundation Collection not only met the homeowners’ aesthetic and functional needs but also provided a sustainable and durable solution at a reasonable price.

Location: Orakei, Auckland
Flooring: Vienna Woods Foundation Collection

European-Made Oak Floors in Parnell

In the heart of Parnell, Auckland, a recently renovated home showcases the epitome of modern elegance and light-filled spaces. The transformation embraces contemporary design while maintaining the warmth and character of natural materials. Central to this beautiful home is the exquisite flooring from Vienna Woods’ Foundation Collection, crafted from the finest European oak.

Spacious Open Plan Kitchen with European wood flooring

Unparalleled Quality and Style

The Foundation Collection flooring is meticulously made in Europe, adhering to the highest European standards. Each plank features the unique textures and grains of European oak, providing a timeless and sophisticated foundation for the home’s interior. The light-coloured tones of the oak seamlessly blend with the modern aesthetic, enhancing the spaciousness and brightness of the living areas.

Light filled room wit stunning timber flooring
Features and Highlights
Fireplace: A stunning fireplace serves as a focal point in the living area, complemented perfectly by the elegant oak flooring.
Views: Large windows throughout the home offer beautiful views, further accentuated by the warm, natural tones of the flooring.
Spacious Design: The open-plan layout is accentuated by the uniform, high-quality flooring, creating a cohesive and inviting environment.
views from auckland home showcasing natural oak timber flooring
open plan Auckland home with European oak hardwood flooring
open plan spacious kitchen lifted by oak wood floors

Location: Parnell, Auckland
Project: Home Renovation
Flooring: Vienna Woods Foundation Collection

Oak Manhattan in Matakana

This home was designed with urban chic in mind. The wide boards exude a warmth that resonates with the heartbeat of this family home. Each plank tells a story of craftsmanship, echoing the heritage of quality timber flooring. The rich, warm tones invite you to step into a sanctuary of comfort and style, where everyday moments are infused with a touch of luxury.

Aesthetics are just the beginning. The Vienna Woods Manhattan Timber Flooring is engineered to withstand the rigors of daily life. From playful footsteps to bustling family gatherings, these floors embrace every moment with unwavering durability. No longer just a surface beneath your feet, our flooring becomes an integral part of your home’s narrative, evolving gracefully with each passing year.

In a world where trends come and go, the Manhattan Wide Board stands as a timeless investment. Whether you’re savouring quiet moments with loved ones or hosting lively gatherings, our flooring sets the stage for memories to unfold. It’s more than just a floor—it’s a foundation for a life well-lived, where warmth, sophistication, and durability converge in perfect harmony.

Manhattan is an Oak timber floor part of the Vienna Woods Distilled Collection.  The Distilled Collection is a unique range of incredibly dense, hard-wearing wooden floors sourced from Lithiania.  Lithuanian oak is really slow-growing, giving an interesting grain profile and incredibly dense timber.  The Distilled collection is made in Europe to meet the highest European standards of health and durability.  Certifications include FSC sustainability and a zero VOC rating for volitile organic compounds.  Assitionally, no formeldahyde is added during any of the processing.

The Distilled Collection is designed to accomodate spaces of sophistication, solace and sharing.  A space where someone can enjoy a peaceful moment or a celebration with others.  In line with that sentiment, each colour option is named after a classic cocktail.


Options in Distilled include wide planks, standard planks and parquet options such as chevron and herringbone.

French Oak Creates a Calming Space

The client envisioned a space that exuded warmth and sophistication, where the natural beauty of timber would harmonize with contemporary aesthetics. The Vienna Woods Chateau wide boards instantly captivated, promising to elongate the room while adding a touch of rustic charm. But aesthetics alone wouldn’t suffice; durability was paramount in a high-traffic area frequented by family and friends.

Integration with Design

Crafted with precision and unparalleled craftsmanship, Café Au Lait French Oak Flooring offered the perfect balance of style and resilience. Its rich, creamy tones served as a canvas for the room’s décor, effortlessly complementing both modern and traditional elements. As daylight danced across the wide planks, the space transformed into a sanctuary of serenity, inviting moments of connection and comfort.

Beyond its visual allure, Café Au Lait proved its mettle in everyday life. From impromptu gatherings to playful footsteps of children and pets, the flooring remained steadfast, a testament to its quality and endurance. Its smooth surface resisted wear and tear, promising years of graceful aging without compromising on beauty.

Interior Designer @Sarah Foote Design

Admonter Oak Lapis in the Tent House Project

In the innovative Tent House by Strachan Group Architects, Vienna Woods’ Admonter Oak Lapis flooring stands out for its unique character. This striking project, nestled among sand-dunes near Ocean Beach in Tairua, features the distinctive smoked oak, highlighting the home’s natural integration with its surroundings.

Oak Lapis

Integration with Design

Admonter Oak Lapis is a smoked oak, which is incredibly rare in New Zealand.  It brings a sense of depth and complexity to the Tent House’s design. The smoking process, which involves enveloping the oak timber in smoke for days, results in a rich, nuanced colour palette and a subtle smokiness. This flooring choice enhances the tent-like architecture, adding an organic, layered texture to the living areas.

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The utilisation of Vienna Woods‘ Admonter Oak Lapis underscores the company’s dedication to unique, high-quality, and sustainable flooring. Its unusual smoked effect and deep, intricate colours resonate with the Tent House’s ecological focus, perfectly aligning with the home’s striking design and environmental ethos.

Special acknowledgement to the incredible work on this project from Strachan Group Architects, who produced an award-winning home.

Photography @ Jackie Meiring

NZIA Waikato & Bay of Plenty Architecture Award Winner – 2023 – Housing

Resene Colour Award