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Country Style. Getting It Right.

Kim Bouman was approached by clients to design a home with an
indoor-outdoor focus to accommodate their active lifestyle plus the extended family and guests.
The result is superb.

Architectural Designer Kim Bouman has over the past seventeen years built a solid reputation...


A brand which has become a household name in New Zealand   reflecting quality of design, unique interlocking natural timber and fine craftsmanship.

The Lockwood inter-locking building system was invented over 50 years ago by Jo La Grouw Snr. The unique interlocking device, which...

Making The Building The Classroom

Paris Magdalinos received the annual Award for Architecture, from the New Zealand Institute of Architecture as well as a Resene Colour Award, for his work on the Napier Girls High School. His passion has created a superb learning facility.

Napier Girls High School - New technology...

Something Old Something New

Graeme North Eco Architecture

Sustainability is not a new concept. Using resources so that the needs of future generations are protected is historically embodied in at least some parts of many cultures. The global environmental consciousness that we now have is...

The Longest Longrun Roof Ever

The brief given to Woodams Meikle  Zhan Architects for Progressive Enterprises’ extension to their distribution facility in Auckland was tight. They required the 22000m2 extension to be designed in such a way to allow the existing 24 hour, 7 day facility to remain fully operational. On top of...

Waikato Innovation Park

Waikato, the agricultural capital of New Zealand is now the location of one of the worlds leading enterprises, Waikato Innovation Park.
The new Core Facilities building at Ruakura, Hamilton, is a global icon with the architectural aesthetic reflecting the development focus of "growing...

On The Edge Of The Pacific Ocean


Kauri Cliffs luxury lodge at Matauri Bay, Northland is the home of a spectacular championship golf course rated as best new international golf course of the world. Kauri Cliffs is set on 1618 hectares with...

The Supreme Winner Of The 2001 Harvey Roofing Systems Design Award

2001 saw the introduction of the Harvey Roofing System Design Award. This award is judged by majority votes from all sectors of the industry and interested members of the public. It therefore represents a balanced view of the universal appeal and excellence of the Supreme Award Winning design....

Big Ideas Small Site

This speculative project presented all the challenges a developer can give an architect. The site, an “infill”in a suburban street, was tight and constricted (400 m2) and overlooked on three sides. The brief demanded maximum floor area, well integrated exterior space and a well considered...

James Hargest College Library Development

This Library development was the latest project for The James Hargest College who have had a long association with Architects Sinclair Knight Merz. Recent projects at the college had been the administration building and
'E' block, both of which where quite exuberant in their architectural...

The Heart Of Manukau

Situated adjacent to Auckland's Southern Motorway in the heart of Manukau City, the new Telstra Clear Pacific Events Centre is an eye-catching facility designed to embrace the cultural diversity of its surrounding community. The architectural form was inspired by both Maori and...

The Supreme Winner Of The Gerard Roofs Home Design Award

Michelle and Pat Peoples had a vision to create a family home that they could enjoy for many years. A home they, and their young family, could grow with and into. They chose a very unique site which, although within the city, is bordered by a large gully to the north-west which offers a semi...

A Team Effort


Sometimes the “next project”comes from the most unexpected circumstances. Kids at playcentre.
This was the case for designer, Michael Manning, who became involved in the development due to his children being members of the playcentre group at the time. “The project...

Empathy With The Environment

“Architect Tim Heath has a proven track record of trying to fit buildings with context - in this case the coastal landscape.
The Otago Students' Association Aquatic Centre project managed by Glen Sinclair, is testimony to the empathy and synergy they both seek.”


Family Living Around The Pool


The clients Margaret and Murray Bond purchased this small life style block on the edge of Cockle Bay, Auckland because of it's position and views. The site is a hillside paddock, accessed by a ridge track with grassy south facing slopes that fan...

Thinking Outside Of The Square

Every design project has it’s own set of problems
and peremetres. On the Kate Sheppard Retirement Village, architect, Tim Goodwin found a unique and economical solution which met the client brief and the Town Planning requirements.

Kate Sheppard Retirement Village...

Designed From The Outside In

Design Statement

My clients approached me and suggested, unlike many others, that we remove the existing 1960's two bedroom bungalow. I needed no further encouragement.

Their brief to me was for a three bedroom, plus study home to be essentially one level,...

Horses For Courses


Westbury Stud decided to relocate their horse stud from Cambridge to Karaka in 2000.
Russell Warwick of Westbury Stud set out to provide a new horse breeding stud with facilities which were of the highest quality and a...

Making The Most Of Everything

Architect Aidan Pykett, working together with owners John & Glenys Taylor, have created a unique environment which capitalises on the natural panorama and sunshine offered by the site and minimises the impact of very high winds in the area.

The Brief:

Hynds Build An Icon For The Future

Neil Wyatt of Dalman Architecture Limited
Often with Industrial projects of this type our Clients will come to us with a very rigid and functional brief with little room for aesthetics. This was not the case with the Hynds Pipe System project where...

A Fresh New Look

Jason Bailey. Architect SoFresh NZ required a new office facility for their produce exporting headquarters, which would accommodate a ten person staff. The original brief was to renovate the existing office premises, a very ordinary single storey brick veneer house, to a more...

Building A Dream

Don & Doreen Goodall.
A unique brief.

Imagine visiting the Goodalls on their Mossburn Hereford Bull stud farm and being presented with a pile of logs some 15m high with some logs up to 1.5m in diameter.
“Can you build me a house out of this?” said Don...


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