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Solutions Architecture

Solutions is an appropriate name for the architectural practice, lead by architectural designer Mark Brown, who created this multi functional home designed to accommodate the needs of an extended family and provide generous, but separate, entertaining facilities on a grand scale.

Mark...

The Flight Of The Bird

By Graham Hepburn

When Johann Bernhardt was seeking inspiration for a sustainable home he was designing on the slopes of the Hunua Ranges, he didn’t have to look far.
“The clients took me to the section and I was looking down at the plains going out to the Manukau Harbour...

Building A Legend

To give the school, Te Kura O Waikaremoana, an individuality locals could identify with, Gary Pidd, Architect, looked to the lake and the Maori legend of Maahu and his daughter Haumapuhia. Maahu was outraged when he thought his daughter, Haumapuhia, had used the sacred water from the Waikotikoti...

Hokitka Town Entrance Brought To Life

The recently constructed Westland Farm Centre, located at the entrance to Hokitika township, is a great example of the use of standard cladding as a design feature for this prominent site.  Here you can see how its creative use for the façade forms part of the architectural design footprint. ...

Sun, Sand And Sea

When the Schofield’s purchased the property their vision was to modernise the building that begun it’s life as two units that were later converted into one home. The brief to Bill Dodds, architect, was to create a home which would take full advantage of the location, provide spacious...

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...

Country Style

When Christy and Steve Harvey set about designing their new home they had a collective advantage. Christy’s design flare combined with the benefits of Steve’s “know how”, as a qualified builder, ensured the success of the project. As a builder Steve is very aware that some things on the drawing...

Making A Difference

When Cliff & Nora Schreiber planned a working holiday overseas they decided to rent their home. Sadly, on their return, what was a simple, but very tidy, home was suffering from neglect. There had been no maintenance done during their absence and they now had a rusting roof, broken and...

The Circle Of Life

Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Te Ara Hou. Napier

By Graham Hepburn


Napier architect Gary Pidd had done a lot of work for schools over the years but had never designed one from scratch. So when he was asked to design a new home for a Maori language...

Turn Point Lodge

The brief to Hugh Tennent, architect and senior designer at Tennent and Brown Architects, posed some rather interesting and unusual parameters. The first was to provide accommodation for two brothers allowing private spaces for each and the second was the remote location with the most direct...

A Tribute To Australian Design Excellence

Steve Cooper, Gerard Roof distributor in Queensland,
was ecstatic to learn that Mali Mali Private Villa, designed by internationally acclaimed and multi award winning architectural designer Chris Vandyke, was awarded” Australia’s Best House,” by the Australian Master Builders Association...

Experience Makes A Difference

Having owned and operated a motel in Tauranga CBD for several years in the past Trevor Jones is the first to admit, “Nothing teaches you the needs of designing a motel better than operating your own.” This experience has paid dividends for Trevor Jones who has now designed over 30 motel...

Perry Arena, Dey Street, Hamilton.


By Graham Hepburn

When Waikato Tennis decided to build an international-standard indoor tennis centre, it soon became apparent an ‘off the shelf’ building was not going to work.
After rejecting a shed-like proposal from a design and build company that came in over budget,...

The Dart Winegrowers Of Ara Marlborough

By Graham Hepburn

When Winegrowers of Ara commissioned an operations centre for its vineyard, they wanted to make a statement.
As well as making a visual statement with the building, they wanted to make a statement of intent about their commitment to making high quality...

Urban Eco

By Graham Hepburn

Raymond Q’s Takapuna home is testament to how sustainable building is becoming more mainstream in
New Zealand.
And that change in mind-set has been helped in no small part by the home’s designer, Johann Bernhardt, who has recently released a comprehensive...

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...

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...

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