A Northland pool lined in glossy black tiles

A Northland pool designed to be taken in day-long doses Pool fencing requirements often make you wonder if it’s worth even bothering with a pool, given that the need to make a body of water safe will also render it unsightly. But, given the right

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

Piet Oudolf, garden, home

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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On the shores of Sydney Harbour, New Zealand–born Australian architect Richard Archer devised a home of connections with the water and city beyond

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On point

The interior flow of this waterfront, central Auckland apartment has been reimagined by Four Walls Architecture with flow and minimalism in mind.

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