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Right From The Start

Amidst competition from other architectural firms
Dean Wyllie Architects won the contract to design a combined office building that would be used by two companies. Each Company was to maintain its own identity but share facilities such as administration, meeting rooms, training room,...

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...

The Gerard Design Awards Reward Designers, Builders And Home Owners

In 2001 Gerard Roofs implemented their awards program. Five years later the program continues to grow with entries coming from every sector from North and South Islands of New Zealand, Australia and Pacific Islands.“The success of the program is, in part, due to the equal recognition of the...

A Winner In The Wilderness

In the mountain beech forest surrounding Arthur’s Pass, on a 3,000 hectare nature reserve and high country Merino sheep station, is Wilderness Lodge. Here there is a strong emphasis on conservation to ensure the survival of rare and endangered flora and fauna. Guests have a rare opportunity to...

Changing Commercial Development

With a career spanning thirty years, specialising in commercial buildings,
Alan Palmer’s design flare, experience  and empathy with the ever changing commercial development  is positively huge.
His attention to detail and the use of a variety of materials, in combination with metal...

Sustainability With Style

Tom Evison, of Technical Press, reports on Susie Lees Nelson home, designed by architect Helen Richards and the increasing trend toward sustainable design.

Further evidence that stylish sustainability in affordable residential housing has become mainstream in New Zealand is presented...

Building A Reputation For Creative Flair

Judd Fenwick Team Architecture have an impressive list of completed buildings that reflect the broad spectrum of experience and expertise the practice has available. The building types vary from the smallest of alterations, to very large industrial, commercial and health-care buildings.
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Gerard Recognise The Contribution Made By Architects, Designers And Builders

Often exceptionally well designed homes are never visible and as a result those involved seldom get acknowledgement for their work.

Architects, designers, builders and manufacturers all rely on one basic marketing reality - “If you don’t keep consumers informed about what you do,...

Making A Difference To The Community

Armstrong Summers Architects Ltd brings together many years experience and skill gleaned from the private and local government sectors. The collective talents of Jeff Armstrong and Neil Summers provides clients with a complementary but diverse design resource. Their experience and common...

Montana Country

Montana, the country’s largest wine company, has not only captured 50% of the New Zealand domestic wine market but also the imagination with the majestic Montana Brancott Winery Visitors Centre near Blenheim.

Gerry Gregg, winery manager says, “the centre provides a great wine...

The

Architect Carolyn Smith.

When home owners Michelle and Rob decided to create a new home for their growing family and 4 resident cats they shared a dream to be close to nature, have space, peace and quiet. Not least to build an environment which would afford them the...

The Vision

In 1997, the New Zealand Rugby Football Union conceived the idea of establishing a permanent home for the development of rugby. After successfully bidding against several other tertiary educational institutes, Massey University won the right to provide a facility which would fulfil this role at...

Wind-Rain Houses


A drive in any suburb in any New Zealand city will show a plethora of home design reflecting Australian, Californian and European architecture which often ignores our environment and lifestyle.

Nigel Cook combines the kiwi vernacular of corrugated iron with a high-tec, innovative and...

A Home To Enjoy...Not Maintain

A retirement home for a Wellington couple presented our architectural team with an opportunity to develop a special solution for a challenging site. The client brief was to provide them with a home that was in harmony with their rural site. The house should be flexible enough to comfortably...

Building Dreams

The design of our dream home is usually the result of years of saving, planning and collating design ideas. With few exceptions we all work within a budget and once a design meets our criteria we take the plunge. We build. What was a carefully rendered design is about to become a reality and...

Huka Lodge. The Best Of The Best.

The number one Australiasian destination for Royalty, celebrities and political figures has just completed their multi-million dollar refurbishment programme designed by Queenstown architect Fred van Brandenburg.

Fred van Brandenburg, has skillfully worked with clever window...

Making A Difficult Site A Benefit.

Architectural Designer, Michael Manning, took the step many of us dream of and left the seemingly secure world of corporate design and employment to opt for a more relaxed lifestyle on Whangaparaoa Peninsular north of Auckland. Eight years on and Michael has seen the Peninsular grow from a...

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