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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...

A Work Of Art

Architect Davor Mikulcic showcases a recent project which illustrates the results that can be achieved by time, hard work and an inspired creative design team.

The Pendrous home is situated in the Seagrove subdivision which is a typical Wellington site of just over 500 square meters....

Finding Solutions

Brian and Sonia Dawes are delighted with their new Auckland residence but the consent process gave them, and Architectural Designer Mark Brown, a few anxious moments.

The site had an existing 1950’s bungalow which bordered Cornwell park, Auckland, which is designated as a heritage...

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...

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...

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...

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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