A small Auckland backyard becomes a tropical paradise

Fearon Hay transforms a petite Auckland back yard into a summery paradise A small Auckland backyard becomes a tropical paradise Poorly designed pools can feel as if they’ve severed a back yard in two, a lose-lose situation that results in an unpleasant sense of constriction

A pool and pavilion by Pattersons architects

A pool and pavilion by Pattersons on Canterbury’s Banks Peninsula is a getaway all its own It is a modern pool in the grounds of a historic house. The location is Annandale, a sheep and cattle station on Canterbury’s Banks Peninsula with which regular readers

Q&A with landscape designer Xanthe White

Xanthe White has won a clutch of landscape design awards and written two books, but she’s about to tackle a rather more personal project: her own garden. Xanthe, what makes a good garden now? It’s about relationships with the landscape and the person. The designer

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At home with the world’s most famous garden designer

He has become the most famous garden designer in the world, yet he still opens his own property to the public a few days a week in summer and is happy to show people around it personally At home with the world’s most famous garden

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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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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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