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East Coast Bays Leisure Centre

 

When you have an asbestos roof over a community gym and kindy with a playground outside, it’s best not to take risks with it.

That was the view of Auckland Council when it became apparent that lichen could be degrading the asbestos roof on the East Coast Bays Leisure Centre in...

Matakana Botanicals

 

As a premium bath and body products company, Matakana Botanicals is proud of its green credentials but even owner Danvers Devereux concedes there was “one missing piece in the jigsaw puzzle”.
“We occasionally have overseas distributors visit New Zealand and we drive them up to...

Tate Modern in New Zealand

Tate Modern
in New Zealand

At the turn of the century, a young Aucklander named Chris Tate was developing a passion for art, buildings and spaces, and for using unconventional materials to create unexpected relationships that surprised – and, sometimes, shocked. His penchant, then...

Matakana Botanicals

 

As a premium bath and body products company, Matakana Botanicals is proud of its green credentials but even owner Danvers Devereux concedes there was “one missing piece in the jigsaw puzzle”.
“We occasionally have overseas distributors visit New Zealand and we drive them up to...

The Hub Hornby Mall

Development is going full steam ahead in post-earthquake Christchurch and no more so than in Hornby, where shopping mall The Hub Hornby is undergoing a major expansion.


The mall, which serves Christchurch’s western suburbs, is being subjected to a $65 million redevelopment by...

Robyn’s vision

Wanting a home that would see her into her golden years, Robyn stipulated level entries for her new two-storey home, which also has a lift.
 
“With level entries everywhere, hopefully I can stay here as I get old and not have to shift,” she says.
Apart from mobility issues, easy...

The Hub Hornby Mall

Development is going full steam ahead in post-earthquake Christchurch and no more so than in Hornby, where shopping mall The Hub Hornby is undergoing a major expansion.


The mall, which serves Christchurch’s western suburbs, is being subjected to a $65 million redevelopment by...

Fowler Homes water front gold

 

Building a waterfront home requires robust but sympathetic materials.
The owners of this home in Mapua, west of Nelson, fulfilled the first requirement by choosing ColorSteel® roofing and cladding, and the second one by opting for the material in New Denim Blue to mirror the colour...

Chrysalis Childcare Centre

Two large trees on a commercial site had proved a problem for development but architect Phil Smith decided to make them part of the solution.
Phil, of Collingridge and Smith Architects (UK) Ltd, says the mature protected trees – a pohutukawa and an oak – stand side by side on the site and...

The Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan

 

In Scope 39 we discussed the upcoming issue of the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan (PAUP) 2013 containing provisions not allowing the use of unpainted metal roof (or wall) cladding. This includes ZINCALUME ® which has a surface 80% of aluminium, and ignored the large number of galvanised...

In the beginning . . . there was earth, rain and sun

“Earthship Te Timatanga’s first power bill: in credit!”

So declares Sarah Rowe, partner of Gus Anning, in a November 2015 entry on Facebook, marking yet another step toward the couple’s bid to be self-sustaining in their ‘Earthship’.

The concept was created and developed in the...

Sustainability and Colour

 

Has architecture become part of the Fashion Industry and been cursed by mock sustainability (green-wash) and the absence of colour?
A question perhaps we should all ask ourselves and to one very passionate architect, Daryl Cockburn, the answer is definitely yes!

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Ellen Comes to Town.

Ellen’s New Home was built in a newly developed, elevated subdivision with outstanding views to the end of the Coromandel Ranges. This view clinched the choice of the section as Ellen had previously lived on their 5th generation dairy farm on the northern outskirts of Paeroa for 58 years. Ellen...

Meet the locals

Meet the Locals He Tuku Aroha precinct, Wellington Zoo
As part of its redevelopment and rejuvenation, Wellington Zoo has created a precinct that it describes as “a love story to New Zealand”.
Meet the Locals He Tuku Aroha occupies 7000sq m – more than a fifth of the zoo’s footprint –...

Pushing the boundaries

Faced with a steep, tight site in central Auckland, designer Hamish Stirrat knew he would have to literally push the boundaries to achieve his design brief for a four-bedroom family home.

As Hamish, of Fabricate Architecture, says, “It was clear from the outset that the project was going...

Proposed NZMRM Systems Guarantee update

Strategic Background

Recent and signalled changes in Law, around Builder liability, Council liability and Risk based consenting, have created a legal environment that is conducive to the development of an extended range of builder guarantees.

On the back of its...

Green Building

NZ Green Building Council updates the Steel Credit in Green Star NZ to something achievable.

If you build upmarket offices, commercial buildings or schools this should mean something to you. If it does read on to discover how we have finally made the steel credit applicable to NZ made...

Hamilton Heliport

 

When HeliCorp owner Brent Glover decided he wanted to take his business to the next level, new premises had to be part of the equation.

For about 15 years, HeliCorp had been providing a wide range of helicopter flight services including scenic charter flights, corporate aviation...

Building in the Bush


Building a home takes huge amounts of optimism and fortitude, especially when you are working parents with two pre-schoolers to look after while overseeing and helping with the construction of a bespoke home.

That was the task facing Michele Powles and husband James after they sold...

Cascade House

This new 309 square meter cascading house is perched on a cliff, on the southern border of the of Seagrove Conservation Estate, in the Wellington suburb of Newlands. The site offers amazing, panoramic views of Wellington harbour and is less than couple of hundred meters from the shoreline....

Today's Metal Tiles are not "Decramastic"

 

For the older generation“decramastic tiles*” means a scallop-shaped metal tile roof coated with stone chip. The issues that were often attributed to the product have, by some, continued to be associated with the new generation of acrylic, stone chip, metal tiles manufactured today....

Big Sky Farm

Employing Kiwi ingenuity is second nature to farmers so it’s no surprise that a Ngatea couple were willing to think outside the square when it came to the design and build of their new home.
Delwyn and Campbell Clayton-Greene wanted a striking design for the family home on their Hauraki...

Murphy Residence

With their family maturing, architectural designers Lynda and Paul Murphy decided it was time to move closer to town so their children could have more independence.

They chose to build in the new area of Millwater, situated between Orewa and Silverdale, north of Auckland, and relished the...

The Terraces On Parkway Seaview Millwater

When Horncastle Homes decided to build medium density homes at Millwater, it was determined to set a high standard

The 145-190sq m two-level homes have a boatshed look referencing the views over the Orewa river from the Seaview community in Millwater.

As Horncastle architect Tim...

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