Three by the pond

AW Architects has designed a house in Bendemeer with three, very distinct volumes and equally diverse personalities: the birdwatcher, the socialite, and the sheep shearer who’s scrubbed up well.

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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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Off the grid

On a tiny island just off the coast of Whangarei Heads a small house does justice to its unique site, while requiring some adjustments to the typical modern lifestyle.

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A truffiere, an olive grove, and a vineyard

On a striking piece of land that stretches out behind the 2021 Home of the Year above the Kawarau River, two Dunedin locals have achieved something spectacular – a sustainably farmed estate producing three very distinctive and highly desirable edibles. 

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Video features

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.

City Home of the Year 2021: House on Takapuna Beach

As density increases in our main cities, so does the tension between community and privacy. This Auckland home on a tight, beachfront site manages the challenge beautifully.

Small Home of the Year 2021: Feather House

A two-bedroom, one bathroom house for a family of five. A deliberately slow building process. A semi-rural site that hangs perilously above, but apart from, the city.

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Timber enclave

Bounded by farmland, and beneath a simple gabled form, this home is designed around layered moments of unexpected eccentricity.   Surrounded by Cantabrian farmland, the home of two former Christchurch locals delivers unexpected eccentricities within a traditional gabled form. Head southwest out of Christchurch and the

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Cotton and tiles

The New Zealand designers behind bath textile brand Baina — Anna Fahey and Bailey Meredith — are often inspired by the built environment.

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Kitchen envy

Partly inspired by Josh Emmett’s home kitchen, this space in Auckland’s Mt Eden is versatile and highly customised for its client. HOME spoke to Hewe’s designer Gunnar Friese about its detailing and brief.

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HOME in five with Valeria Carbonaro-Laws

Valeria Carbonaro-Laws is the owner and director of Studio Italia, and the unofficial matriarch of Italian design in New Zealand. We caught up with Valeria to see how she’s been spending her time away from the showroom.  HOME: What’s the best part of your view

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Taming Light

This rural Wairarapa artist’s studio is informed by a need for highly regulated, natural light, a roofline that echoes the hills around it, and the desire to tread lightly on the land.

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