Homes

Beautiful rhythm

A restricted material palette, a modernist soul that is part Californian, and a touch of Japanese — all combine to form an entirely picture-perfect Waiheke

A little chat with Miles

Part homage to the late Sir Miles Warren, part allusion to the owners’ Dutch and farming roots, this house by PRau is a beautiful amalgam

Red glow

On the cusp of land and sea on the rugged coastline of Christchurch’s Te Rae Kura — the red, glowing headland — the folding form

A home among the trees

Nestled in a vast mānuka forest that nudges the edge of suburban Whitby in Wellington, this family home stands among the trees, balanced on the

Twin peaks

A Sumner site that’s all angles provides opportunity to think outside the square.

The 200-year house

A home that decides for itself how best to live on the land is conceived to last for centuries.

Alpine jewel

This sophisticated Queenstown home by Rafe Maclean Architects is both introverted and expressive. A sculptural exterior form gives way to an interior that was once

Southern heart

A dynamic family home with an unassuming street presence unfolds on a picture-perfect Westmere site, opening out at its lowest point to a brooding south-facing

The bunker

A manifestation of permanence and solidity, this decadent concrete bunker near Tekapo echoes the silence of the lands that surround it.

Park life

A family home designed by Space Division replicates bucolic living in the middle of a busy Auckland suburb.

Open space

Perched atop an escarpment overlooking Whangārei’s town basin, this home is the embodiment of the owners’ vision, the architects’ knowledge, and the builder’s expertise.

Scalloped curves

The sinuous lines of Tāmaki Makaurau’s original foreshore are at the heart of Crosson Architects’ latest project: the Elysian luxury apartment building in Auckland’s Parnell.

It’s the people

The overall winner and Home of the Year 2024 is Boathouse Bay by Crosson Architects, an exemplary model of multi-unit design embodying the quest for

Ebb & flow

Moving between sweeping curves and overt gestures of permanence, this Mangawhai home opens up and reaches out to the estuarine landscape beyond, welcoming visitors and

Maungarāhiri

A masterful transformation of a 1920s bungalow, rooted in the Arts and Crafts tradition, into a generous modern family home, this expressive renovation captures the

Aroha

A cornerstone of Auckland City’s Avondale rejuvenation, the 2024 Multi-Unit Home of the Year stands as a gateway project that is instantly recognisable and a

Back house

The 2024 Green Home of the Year is a joyful little home that makes the most of a sunny spot in the backyard, designed with

Sumner salute

As far as creative solutions go, this one, the 2024 Readers’ Choice Home of the Year, is borderline miraculous.

Textured bach

This experimental sculptural home on the hills above Sumner in Christchurch epitomises the fusion of artistry and functionality in an urban dwelling.

Owl’s retreat

This lake house by Rogan Nash Architects can function as both a retirement spot for a couple and a welcoming holiday home for several children

Make it sing

A study on infill housing, this Sandringham home designed for a couple returning to New Zealand from California maximises a small footprint to deliver spaces

Light catcher

Jose Gutierrez Architects transformed this character villa, located on a typical Grey Lynn street, into a contemporary oasis — a place that moves between lightness

Cedar chevron

RTA Studio uses three boat-shed forms — at some points staggered and at others stitched into one — to create a flexible, multigenerational, lake-front, holiday

Quiet luxury

High above Waiheke Island’s Owhanake Bay, this pool pavilion speaks to the architectural nuances of the main home, while introducing its own distinct identity —

Lens to the view

In one of the most distinctive coastal environments in New Zealand, this large family home takes its cues from the dramatic beauty of the sound

Rugged expanse

On a steep and challenging hillside site surrounded by native bush, this Piha home was envisioned as a weekend getaway.

Sand boxes

The two buildings that make up this alluring West Coast home suggest a parent/child relationship. Here, though, the child came first.

The lookout

Perched on a hill above the tiny coastal settlement of Ligar Bay, this two-tiered bach was designed to capture the view in absolute purity, playing

Natural clarity

Designed to merge into its coastal environs, this island home utilises board and batten cedar cladding to create a gentle visual rhythm that moves gracefully

Al fresco connection

Utilising the existing design language of a mid-century modern home in Remuera, Johnston Architects and Bespoke Interior Design set about redesigning a pool house and

Angle grinder

During a visit to Waiheke a decade or so ago, an architect was struck by a simple, refined sculpture and the way that its ad

City bach

Best known for synthesising and reimagining the humble bach, Herbst Architects has modified its style for this impressive city home on Auckland’s North Shore.

Two tides

Tying in with the pastel tones of the Coromandel sands, this home floats above the land, hovering almost, atop a native bush-covered knoll overlooking the

Basking in the sun

A zig-zagging black form lounges in the sun among old trees and the serrated mountainscape visible from the Wakatipu Basin. Its architect, Anna-Marie Chin –

Reflected forms

Architect Paul Francis set about the extensive renovation of a 30-year-old home on the edge of Hobson Bay with the aim of removing the boundaries

Of human scale

This internationalist interior by Arent&Pyke is a soulful expression of creativity and intimacy.

Coastal tones

In the suburb of Hauraki on a small North Shore peninsula, this house elegantly moves around its site to frame views to the sea while

The world’s gatehouse

Turkish limestone, Californian architecture, and a context rich in history converge on this modestly sized yet potent home on Auckland’s city fringe.

Rhythm of the hills

Between Wellington Harbour and a regional park, Parsonson Architects devised a playful dual dwelling cleverly connected by a bridged form.

The poetry of design

Architect Tony Koia let this house take its own form — from the immediate landscape, the views, and the mountains and lake in the distance.

Reframed vistas

The extensive renovation of this 1980s Ponsonby apartment by Four Walls Architecture offers a refreshing take on city living at height.

Master built

The success of any project often comes down to the level of collaboration and the working relationships between client, builder and architect. In the same

Light and shadow

This family home offers both a departure from and a nod to the small concrete-block homes that used to be dotted along the coastal roads

Material connection

In a rural setting that feels far removed from the city on the outskirts of which it is located, this Auckland home unfolded over a

Nostalgic abstraction

Using splashes of colour and external materials that evoke memories while creating a synergy with the surrounding landscape, this bach built to passive house standards

Wings over water

This highly sculptural home just outside Queenstown reaches out and responds to the water below and the peaks that rise around it.

Muted harmony

A couple of kilometres north of central Wellington, on a ridgeline in Wadestown, architects Seear-Budd Ross envisioned a space of calm: serene rooms with restrained

Coastal calm

Between harbour and hills, this large, low-slung Wellington home is an intriguing but perfectly suited addition to its Eastbourne street.

Pack down

Mimicking the angles and formation of a canvas tent, this family bach in Tairua pleats and folds, burying its lines into the dunescape.

Over the valley

There’s no doubt this large family home makes a statement. It’s a talking point for locals who wander past and often stop to take it

A subtle glow

Above an idyllic pohutukawa-fringed Northland bay, this family bach provides what is needed and nothing more.

Folded lines

Architectural designer Ben Brady creates a modern take on rural living for a couple who had lived on the same land for 40 years. Situated

Local lens

The New Zealand Institute of Architects Local Architecture Awards have started to be announced for 2023. Here’s a look at the some of the winning

Minimalism on the coast

On the shores of Wellington Harbour, this home for a young family was designed to embrace its coastal surroundings while feeling lofty and contemporary.

Subtle duality

Appearing to both float above and disappear into the land, this Tāwharanui holiday home is a place of tension and beauty.

At Marlborough Sounds

This home that steps down a bush-covered hillside in what is arguably one of the most beautiful places in New Zealand is both a statement

Coastal mood

Simplicity, spatial articulation, and a nearly microscopic attention to detail ensure this coastal Mount Maunganui home by Brendon Gordon Architects and Weekday Studio works beautifully

Meeting the land

Turning its face to forest and sea, this holiday home is devised as a basic shelter — albeit one of grand proportions and an undeniably

At home on the veranda

We explore a home on the Coromandel Peninsula designed by Sophie Hamer, in which simple architecture becomes exceptional by its detailing.

Six by six

Delivering a series of beautifully proportioned spaces, this humble Mangawhai bach is quiet and rustic, underpinned by Japanese influences.

Natural harmony

On the west coast of the North Island, just outside New Plymouth, a group of residential properties operate independently, but together make up a vast

A beachfront loft

High on a cliff between Red Beach and Orewa, this family home delivers something beautifully unexpected.

Alpine escape

Being surrounded by and connected to nature was a necessity for this family bach on a South Island lakefront.

Beachside living

A beach house in Whangamatā that is designed for multiple generations, long summer days and neighbourly conversations.

Sculptural construction

W Hamilton Building took on the daunting challenge of constructing Cliffs Road House, the 2023 City Home of the Year.

Over water

This contemporary country home in Central Otago is a place of unrivalled beauty, extending out towards and sitting in unity with the dramatic peaks of

Raw and earthen

Looking up at the 2023 Home of the Year, the connection between the built form and the surrounding environment is palpable.

Innovation in timber

Delivering an unrivalled combination of versatility and durability, the latest technically advanced cladding systems allow for new levels of design freedom when it comes to

Rooftop

An admiration for Japanese architecture and Frank Lloyd Wright’s prairie houses formed the basis of a brief that described a timeless house with reference to