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Ohakea Air Movements Terminal

As part of a $130 million upgrade, Ohakea air base has a new Air Movements Terminal

that will allow the New Zealand Defence force to deploy personnel more efficiently

and respond more rapidly to emergencies.

As part of Project Takitini to modernise Base Ohakea, $12.6 million...

A New True Oak Roof For Herne Bay Villa

When the owners of a classic Herne Bay villa needed it re-roofed, they wanted a material in keeping with the historic nature of their home.

Corrugated iron was the logical, cost-effective choice that would complement the two-storey weatherboard home’s other period features such as ornate...

Brae Barn, Glenbrook

When Alison and Alan bought their 1ha Glenbrook property, they envisaged building a home in sympathy with the area’s rural character.

“We didn’t want a starkly modern house because it just wouldn’t fit in,” says Alison.

“Some of the neighbouring properties are made of corrugate or...

Positively Mainstream

It’s less than a year since Mainstream added 3 Kiwi Street in Otahuhu to its national network. It was an advance in environmentally sustainable transportation infra-structure, a hub that integrates road and rail freight and provides an interchange between the two, as well as long-term on site...

Colorsteel® Bounce® Specified For Cambridge’S Avantidrome

Ten years ago white roofs were hailed as the built environment’s simple answer to global warming. White bounces a large percentage of the sun’s rays away from the roofs of houses and commercial buildings, keeping them cooler in summer and therefore using less energy to maintain a comfortable...

Lake Hayes

By Graham Hepburn

As Noel, of Noel Strez Architects, says, “To the forefront of our clients’ brief on this stunning site was the ability for ease of access around and within the house. With a history of mobility issues primarily as a result of sporting injuries and subsequent...

Eagle’S Nest

The brief called for a contemporary style, with a rustic Coromandel aspect to accommodate the client’s style. Single level living was required for the couple, with self-contained living below for family. A pole construction design resulted, terracing down the slope and dramatically bisected by a...

A Bach Not A Beach House

Creating a relaxed environment for beachside holidays was the prime motivation for the owners of this Whangamata home. But they also wanted something that was architecturally interesting and displayed the materials and structure of the building. 

As Glenn Bodger, of Strata Architects,...


Royal Wolf offices. A new benchmark in container design and construction

It’s fitting a company specialising in shipping containers has an office made out of the product it knows best. 

And when Royal Wolf, Australasia’s biggest provider of shipping containers, was looking to build...

Accent On Outdoor Living

Pataua Development in Whangarei, located on a large rural site. The clients, who are based overseas, requested that we create a master plan for a large rural site in the Pataua Development, Whangarei. A vision that could be brought to life in stages. The site consists of two key developments. At...

Diana Blake Design Whangamata



Designed for the hardest clients in the world.......My family & I!

Situated on an acre of picturesque avocado orchard just on the outskirts of Whangamata with views back over the tranquil harbour to Whangamata township beyond it needed to be a strong...

Heavy Metal

Heavy Metal

I understand this is the name of a type of modern music. This article is not about music, but about stuff you don’t want in your body, and specifically that you don’t want in the paint on your roof or walls.

Unfortunately the definition of “heavy metal” is somewhat loose. Wikipedia...

Modern Comforts Simplified

By Graham Hepburn.

It’s not always easy to make a virtue out of necessity but architect Graham Pitts has achieved that with the striking steel portal frame home that he designed at Puawai Bay for Marlene and Robin Welch.

With a narrow, sloping site to contend with and a...

New Benchmark For RSA Clubs

While some traditional sports and RSA clubs are facing difficult times maintaining membership and commercial viability, Swanson RSA is bucking the trend big time.

Having undergone an extensive makeover, which involved demolishing and rebuilding 70% of the existing building, one of Swanson...

Goodman Warehouse Otahuhu

By Graham Hepburn

As part of its ongoing development programme at Savill Link industrial estate, Goodman has completed a new 23,000sq m warehouse, on a designbuild basis, for Super Retail Group. Savill Link is on land formerly occupied by the Otahuhu Railwork Workshops and Goodman, the...

U Shape Gives Home X Factor

U shape gives home X factor

In real estate speak, this 3-bedroom Nelson home ticks all the boxes. And yes, it has an X-factor too. Which is hardly surprising given that the owners have extensive real estate and property development experience.

But unlike the many...

Cable Bay

By Graham Hepburn

Being a Waiheke Island resident, architectural designer Bryce Ardern is well aware of the constraints and challenges of building on the island. Bryce, whose design firm Ardern UDB is based on the island, says building more sustainable homes is not just desirable on...

Smarter Small Home

Based on modular construction, this Smarter Small Home (SSH) designed by the team at Creative Arch was the first of 8 designs to be built by Latitude Homes in Auckland.

These designs were the winning entry from the 2011 James Hardie Smarter Small Home competition.

The SSH was born...

A Winning Combination

Unfortunately Doug and Gill Price’s Halswell property was one of the many that had been seriously effected by the September 2010 and February 2011 Christchurch earthquakes, and they had to call upon their Insurance Company to remedy the damage.

The list of rectification work included...

Recreating A Community Icon

In early 2010 a fire at the Raglan Wharf and adjacent building all but destroyed a much loved community facility. Following strong community sentiment, the Waikato District Council committed not only to reinstate the whole facility but to enhance its functionality and upgrade the wharf structure...

Exploring Sustainable Design

By Graham Hepburn

75 per cent of the existing wall framing and subfloor was retained in keeping with the principle of re-using.

As the owner of a family construction business, Andrew Pepper has become keen on exploring sustainable design and materials.

He sees those...

Rainbows End In Auckland

ColorCote® Steel roofing is often a practical choice but Rainbow’s End wanted to add a fun dimension when it came to providing cover for its Kidz Kingdom precinct.

With that in mind, the Manukau-based theme park wanted a curved, multicoloured canopy that would not only keep the area...

Emerging Technologies

Emerging Technologies

Emerging technologies for use with steel roof and wall cladding : Solar

New Zealand has long been a home for the use of “alternative” energy generating technologies, both because of the scattered nature of settlement and the Kiwi DIY attitude. Photovoltaic electricity has...


The brief for the Enterprise Precinct and Innovation Campus (EPIC) project specified - “In considering what is ‘best’, EPIC, amongst other things, designers should take into account the build cost efficiencies, an inspirational and innovative design, efficient use of land, room for growth, and...


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