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Kingsland Fire Station Renovation

The Kingsland Fire Station occupies a prime location on the ridge overlooking Eden Park in on the Auckland city fringe in Kingsland, Auckland and has a varied past. According to Kingsland Heritage, the brick fire station was built in a Georgian Revival style in 1933 to replace an original timber...

Houhere House: Returning To The Wild Off The Grid

When the owners of Houhere bought a piece of land on Banks Peninsula six years ago, the intention was to return it to a natural setting and build a home that could transition from a weekender to a permanent residence.

They already had a cottage nearby so they left the land to ‘re-wild’ –...

Delivering the “wow” factor to earthquake-damaged central Christchurch the EntX complex, with its seven Hoyts cinemas, restaurants and bars, has provided a new social hub to the city’s CBD.

Located on Colombo Street across from the central bus exchange, the cinema and dining complex features a striking wall cladding on the triple height, 15m high atrium of the development in a mix of colours to represent the patchwork landscape of the Canterbury Plains.

Eurotray® Angle Seam...

Weber Architecture’s Classic Alpine Home

Structure Led Architecture is a theme to be found in all designs from Arrowtown-based Warrick Weber Architecture. This Otago home demonstrates the concept in all its forms.

Reflecting the peaks of its rugged, mountainous environment, the home in Bendemeer, near Lake Hayes, embodies...

339: A Private, Inner City Oasis

Located on a main arterial road and faced with high neighbours overlooking from the north and south, this small narrow site required a considered approach to create privacy within the house, whilst still maintaining ample light, sun and views. As the own home of Architect Dave Strachan and his...

Domaine Thomson Wines

Just as Domaine Thomson Wines showcases the best of the Central Otago and Burgundy terroir, the company’s new cellar and tasting room takes design cues from these two distinct regions.

On the outside, the architecture is reminiscent of the back country huts of Central Otago, and...

Building the Same Again – But Different

A few years back, Ian and Lynda Gare built a home they loved, but hankered to build again - making some subtle changes but using the same basic layout. Their new home in Golden Road, 10km from Alexandra in Central Otago, has incorporated features they spent a lot of time thinking about and...

Community Project Roofing Industries and PCC

It is well known that New Zealanders give generously to worthy causes, although they often don’t talk about the near $3 billion a year they give to trusts, foundations and charities. Then there are the smaller, locally-promoted fund-raising efforts in communities around the country. When the...

Walker Architecture: Intelligent by Design

When Ngai Tahu approached Walker Architecture in Christchurch to design a new building for PGG Wrightson (one of their key tenants,) it represented both a remarkable opportunity and challenge for both architects and structural engineers.

PGG Wrightson Seed in Christchurch were in a...

Wall House

The home sits on top of Mt Pleasant in Christchurch with views to a natural landscape of mountain and the waters of the estuary. With the environment front of mind, the owners were mindful of the impact of building and vice versa in this setting. It was critical that the form of the building was...

Harrison Lane: House and Stable

With a passion for all things equestrian, this Auckland family decided to setup their own base in Clevedon. The owner of this well crafted home combines the very best of country living with stables that would be the envy of every horse owner nationwide. 

To fulfil a dream, the owner...

Nga Kereru in Maraetotara: A Strawbale House

Nga Kereru in Maraetotara, Havelock North was purchased in April 2016 by Andrew Tuck and Alessandra Menegon with a dream to develop a rural sustainable lifestyle. The couple were living an international life in Australia and Europe and wanted to settle back in NZ and create a more sustainable...

Fat Parrot Architecture Takes Education Higher

At the end of 2017, Statistics New Zealand estimated the population of Auckland to be 1.66 million. It is projected to grow to over 2.3 million people by 2043.

Population growth in Auckland not only puts pressure on the housing market, infrastructure such schools also need to adapt....

Tocker House: A Simple Lifestyle in a Complex World.

The “Olde Beach” area of Waikanae is a tightly held group of baches and permanent homes located in a microclimate created by Kapiti Island, an hour north of Wellington. There is a French bakery, a couple of convenience stores, three excellent restaurants and a great beach. It is a very desirable...

Apartments in a Rural Setting. Mike Greer Homes show the way

A ‘satellite’ residential area designated a Special Housing Area (SHA) under the government’s Housing Accord is in the wine country village of Huapai, West Auckland where Mike Greer Homes has recently completed an apartment complex in Dida Drive.

Located in the Huapai Triangle which will...

Curves in Invercargill

It was to be a project without limits. Very early on, architectural designer Nathan Shearing knew his biggest challenge would be not “taming” his clients’ bold wishes of their vision for a new home.

From the get-go, owners Andrew and Linda Gunn wanted something different and produced an...

Aztech: Building a Rural Goat Farm That Helps Increase Production

With 35 years of experience of farming goats, Frans Janssen knows how important it is for good milk production to keep the animals comfortable and healthy.

So when he wanted to expand his Waikato goat farming operation, Elite Goat Milk, at Manawaru, just south of Te Aroha, he set his...

Timeless Double Gable Home in Wanaka

Having already developed a home in Wanaka’s Bull Ridge subdivision, builder Nathan Simon had firm ideas about the sort of house he wanted to construct on a neighbouring section. 

“We had developed and lived in the house next door on the street, so buying the neighbouring section allowed...

Freemans Bay School. Modern Learning.

When Freeman’s Bay school in Auckland needed redevelopment done, RTA Studio stepped in to design a building that proposes a solution type of architecture that inspires learning and promotes the fulfilment of potential in the local rangatahi (younger generation / youth).

The redevelopment...

Set in a rural paradise: Kowhai House maximises its unique setting

It sits on the crest of a hill, overlooking valleys with Mount Taranaki and the Kaitake Ranges in a direct line of sight and the Tasman Sea in the distance: Kowhai House, with its views in all directions, maximises the experience of the green hues of this undulating rural Taranaki site. 

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The Sunderland Hangar re-born at Hobsonville

When a Project Unite crew first walked onto the Catalina Bay hangar site at Hobsonville last year what greeted them was a structural skeleton, only the bones remaining of the historical RNZAF facility which had been home to the air force’s Sunderland seaplanes. 

The building, which had...

Metalcraft’s New Hamilton Facility

Metalcraft Hamilton needed a bigger factory to deal with increased demand and provide them with an increased ability to produce longrun cladding, including Metalcraft’s new Kāhu® and Metcom 965 profiles.

“We grew to the point where we could not manufacture and store stock safely,” says...

A Series of Pavilions Reflect the Owner's Love of Angles and Relaxing Nooks

When Gerald and Lorraine McCormack briefed their architect, it was to have the scale of their expansive 300m2 home broken up with several mono-pitched pavilions – each one providing outdoor entertainment spaces.

This was to be their forever home, so retired farmers Gerald and Lorraine...

Gerard Corona roofing: Love At First Sight

As Auckland couple Allen and Marilyn Welch approached retirement, their daughter and son-in-law suggested that they look at the possibility of designing and building a single house, enabling them to live together under one roof, and provide care in the future. Thanks to an enviable rural...

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