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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...

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...

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...

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...

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!


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...

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...

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 –...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

Belonging To The Land

After a high-profile career including 20-plus years managing companies in various Asian countries, all Kevin Ramsey wanted to do when he returned home was build and live somewhere that was “authenticallyNew Zealand.”

He’d bought land near Queenstown that supported grapevines, and...

Efs Office, New Plymouth

Accountancy is often stereotyped as a dull, colourless profession but EFS Accounting has broken the mould with its vibrant new building in New Plymouth.

The two-storey building designed by Saunders Architects has a colourful façade clad in aluminium in bright green, orange, tan and silver...

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...

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...

Tane Cox Of Red Architecture Winner Of The ADNZ Supreme Award

The judging panel for the 2014 ADNZ | Resene Architectural Design Awards included Dr Andrew Barrie, professor of design at the University of Auckland’s School of Architecture and Planning, Dr Duncan Joiner, chief architect at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and Graham Sawall...

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...

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...

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...


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