Lake Rotoiti house

Unfolding across two visually distinct levels, this holiday home on the shore of Lake Rotoiti is envisioned as a winter house — a concrete bunker of sorts nestled into the hillside.

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Dear architect…

A family-centric, semi-courtyard home with an internal, slow, staggered reveal takes pride in its privacy and as an entertainment mecca.

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New wave

Inspired by a heritage church, this suburban Christchurch home uses its sinuous form for both impact and functionality.

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Echo in the hills

This certified passive house is the sum of many parts — some conflicting, others converging; but as one, the innate tensions deliver an enviable and powerful presence. 

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The Dart by Studio John Irving Architects

Pointing due north, The Dart is a direct and simple response to the topography of Mangawhai’s Bream Tail Farm. Set on a dramatic and windswept site, the triangular form anchors the building to the land while capturing views to the east and west.

Lake Rotoiti House by Evelyn McNamara Architects

Unfolding across two visually distinct levels, this holiday home on the shore of Lake Rotoiti is envisioned as a winter house – a concrete bunker of sorts nestled into the hillside.

Home of the Year 2021: Black Quail House

A mature and restrained response to an awe-inspiring location. The architect has combined a wide range of influences — from Sri Lankan to her own, impressive international career — to achieve a quintessentially local response to site, context, and history.

Rural Home of the Year 2021: Hill to Horizon House

Traversing rural paddock and an idyllic setting synonymous with coastal New Zealand, this is a special place, and the home that now stands among a handful of other baches is a thing of beauty.

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The ethics of design

The PET Lamp Project serves as strong proof that, in design, the process is as important as the end result. Likewise, if the process has been underpinned by ethical goals, then the broader, social impacts of a design object can be significant.

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The art of New Zealand wool

Designer Rugs uses 100 per cent New Zealand wool that is either tufted or hand knotted in Asian countries, where these traditions have been passed down through the generations

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A living pool

On a suburban site in Nelson, Spanish environmental activist Jose Cano spends hours meticulously photographing his subjects underwater

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Nature bound

As eye candy, Evergreen Architecture: Overgrown Buildings and Greener Living is a delightful amalgamation of global architecture and landscaping.

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