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The Salmon Tale

By Graham Hepburn.

When Nigel Lamb was commissioned to design a building for a salmon-based tourism venture in Rakaia, he struck upon the idea of a large steel fish.
Not only would it be an eye-catching feature of the Mid Canterbury town, but it also referenced a local...

Franklin: The Centre

Franklin ‘The Centre’ takes pride of place in Pukekohe as a regional centre of knowledge, information, arts and culture.

The building a culmination of The Franklin Council’s vision with funding from New Zealand Steel and other Franklin Corporate sponsors was opened on the 30th June this...

Mayfield Primary School

Houston Architects enjoy the challenge in finding innovative solutions that add value to a building project. Seven years ago Mayfield Primary School was looking to have a new Administration Block built for this decile ten school. Wayne Houston offered to produce a sketch plan for Principal, Colleen...

Waitakere Trusts Stadium

The Waitakere Trusts Stadium took top honours in two categories at the prestigious Property Council of New Zealand Rider Hunt Awards, winning the Excellence awards for the Tourism and Leisure property sector and the Energy Efficiency Award for excellence in energy efficient building design. For...

Innovative Creative Inspired

Words we all associate with excellence in the craft of architectural design but not always the words we hear from clients.

The work of architect Davor Mikulcic has won this praise from clients Helen and Phillip Blundell and as a result has established a life-long friendship.

The...

Remarkables Park

The vision for the Remarkables Park development was to create a twin town centre for Queenstown. The topography of the existing downtown, bounded by the mountains and lake, placed limits on further development of the commercial centre. Visitors to Remarkables Park experience shopping in one of...

Combined Churches

When two churches in Waiuku realised they were going to have to combine forces to survive, they faced a dilemma: which of the two church buildings should be the base for the new congregation. While the Methodist and Presbyterian congregations in the town South of Auckland were too small to...

Karl Barker

It was a bold decision when Karl Barker, graduate of the Unitec School of Architecture, accepted the brief to design this Kerikeri home.

His clients were his parents, Graham and Lynn Barker.

Graham and Lynn had some very specific ideas and as Graham is, by profession, an engineer...

Sylvia Park

From Melbourne Cups & Armed Forces to Clothes Horses… Up until recently identified by its rows upon rows of military sheds, the Sylvia Park precinct in Mt Wellington has played host to early Maori settlers, European farmers and actually started its developed life as a stud farm in the middle...

European Excellence

Creating innovative and distinctive design concepts is always the challenge facing Architects. When the client is the distributor of two of the world

Keeping It Authentic

Gavin Robins, Architect Director of Stiles and Hooker, who has a long held passion for dairy factories was commissioned to design Kaimai Cheese Companys’ new facility. Robins’ knowledge of historical dairy factory design stems from his childhood having been raised on a dairy farm which was...

Vector Arena. Auckland'S Waterfront Jewel

There is no getting away from it, Auckland gets more than its fair share of rain. Surprising enough however, up until now Auckland City hasn't had a covered arena to encourage fans off the sofa, and bands and sports teams into the heart of the city. Positioned about as close to the Waitemata...

A Little Bit Of Country

There is a quiet but reassuring air of confidence surrounding architect Graham Pitts whose design expertise only came to our attention when his work, entered by Micheal Lieshout, won New Zealand Master Builders Auckland Category 7 for New Homes 2005. Generally Graham shuns the idea of publishing...

Details Matter

Architect Gary Hopkinson has become renowned for his innovative approach to architecture on, but not limited to, the West Coast of New Zealand with a portfolio of award winning assignments to his credit. Two of his recent holiday retreats are shown illustrating his empathy with client,...

Knapdale Eco Lodge

The owners, Mr and Mrs Weytmans, briefed architect, Graeme Nicoll of Nicoll Blackburne Architects, Gisborne, to design and plan a proposed 3 stage hospitality Eco Lodge. The owners vision is to create an upmarket conference/reception facility to cater for approximately 100 guests and to provide...

The Bach

This Waikawa bach, which recently won NZIA Resene Local Award for Architecture - Residential Category, began with a clear and concise brief and a lot of nostalgic stories from various sources, which began the fabrication of a history that eventually crystallised into the bach as it stands. An...

A Remarkable Home

After some 3 months of researching an estimated 10,000 floor plans and building styles, for several hours a day, the Callesens were satisfied they knew what they wanted and how to get it. The site at Queenstown’s Lakeside Estate has magnificant views which encompass Lake Wakatipu to the west and...

Gerard Commercial Design Award Winner: Lodge Bordeaux

Inspired by the homes around the French wine region of Bordeaux, the winner of the 2006 Gerard Roofs’ Design Commercial Award blends modern design with the romantic look of the French provinces. When owners Alison and Peter Fitzgerald returned from touring France they knew the precise look and...

Now Home

The Rotorua NOW Home is the result of a collaboration between Beacon Pathway and Housing New Zealand Corporation. The home is now a part of the Corporation's housing portfolio reflecting their commitment to research into more sustainable and energy efficient homes. In 2006 Housing New Zealand...

Toward Green Buildings


Today there is global awareness of the effect our buildings, culture and product usage has on the environment.
Professor Ray Cole, an internationally-eminent building scientist, argues that the rate and scale of global environmental degradation, and access to information about it are...

Architectural Sculpture

In 1990 Doug Turner, the Chairman of the Kerikeri Trust, and John
Dalton conceived the idea that Kerikeri and the Northland community, with its tradition for the arts, deserved a full size theatre together with hall and exhibition spaces. This new facility would replace the ageing Memorial...

Gerard Roofs

The 2006 Gerard Roofs’ Design Awards celebrated examples of excellence in design and building. Now in their fifth year, the awards showcase Gerard Roofs’ continued commitment to recognising and rewarding top workmanship throughout New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific. Grant Williams, Business...

Out Of The Box

This modest 175m2 home has been designed for a picturesque rural property in Miranda. The site is gently sloping and enjoys views of mature trees, an adjacent pond, the surrounding hills and a distant view of the Firth of Thames beyond.

The owners brief specified a three bedroom home...

A First For New Zealand

Stadium Southland Velodrome located in Surrey Park, Invercargill, is the first indoor cycling facility of its kind in
New Zealand.

The project was led by Calder Stewart Construction, who brought considerable local and overseas experience to the design and construction.
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