Architecture according to bees

At the heart of photographer Anne Noble’s exhibition Conversātiō at Queensland Art Gallery is a cabinet where a colony of bees lived.

A mercy mission

A dilapidated former convent in Grey Lynn has a new lease of life as a luxury boutique hotel with striking interiors that celebrate the building’s origins.

10 reasons to visit New Plymouth if you’re into food and design

These 10 excellent offerings of art and food will give you every reason to visit the wonderful city of New Plymouth. Check them out below Four years after the opening of the combined Govett-Brewster Art Gallery & Len Lye Centre, the spectacular stainless-steel addition by Patterson Architects, the downtown West End Precinct is buzzing. It’s […]

Why Wellington’s old Albemarle Hotel is a beautiful example of architecture

James Warren of Upoko Architects admires the Albemarle Hotel – a beautiful relic that celebrates great design and Wellington’s history “Several years ago I worked in a central Wellington studio and just around the corner on the opposite end of the park was the Albemarle Hotel. Despite its northern aspect, the building looks like it’s perpetually […]

Why Daily Bread is a must-visit for interior and pastry enthusiasts alike

Daily Bread’s Ponsonby store proves its worth in a temporary space. Take a peek inside and see why it’s a must-visit (not just for the delicious pastries) There’s often a long queue at Daily Bread in Ponsonby. It’s not like the locals have never seen a croissant, or that customers know that the set-up is […]

11 reasons to visit Dunedin if you’re into architecture and art

As its heritage is restored and celebrated, a youthful new energy brews in Dunedin. Here are 11 places to visit if you enjoy good food, fabulous art and interesting architecture The Waterfront Industry Commission building near the port. 1. Vogel Street warehouse precinct A decade ago, the 19th-century warehouses that were built to house wool […]

Why Auckland’s Wintergardens are an enduring example of innovative architecture

Convenor of Museums and Cultural Heritage at the University of Auckland, Linda Tyler admires the structural innovation of the Wintergardens, which opened at Auckland Domain in 1928 “Entering the moist, warm air of the barrel-vaulted Tropical House on a cold, foggy morning in winter is a transporting experience. As well as revelling in colourful displays of […]

Everyone who loves glassware needs to visit Monmouth’s new store

Monmouth’s makers realise their dream of opening their own store The seed of Monmouth Glass was formed a number of years ago when Isaac Katzoff and Stephen Bradbourne started making glass together on a casual basis. Both artists were already highly experienced glassblowers – and it wasn’t long before they recognised their shared aesthetic and […]

Wellington Airport’s coffee bar serves lattes with a side of interior inspo

Coffee is served in a place of calm at Wellington Airport. Take a look inside Three Quarter Society and discover the secret to its elegant design What does Three Quarter Society do and what’s behind the name? Dmitry Sedov (owner)— We are an independent Wellington specialty coffee bar serving exclusive single origin and blends, with […]

Inside The Yard, a vibrant Christchurch eatery in a former printing hall

A clever redevelopment revives a former printing hall in Christchurch In the past few years, Box 112 has redeveloped a series of heritage spaces around Christchurch into vibrant, city-making spaces combining offices, retail and hospitality. Collectively, they’re a charming bunch – warm, tactile spaces making use of buildings that were largely overlooked before the earthquakes […]

Architect Nicola Herbst reveals her favourite building

As a model of adaptive re-use, the Axis building in Parnell, Auckland, doesn’t get better, says architect and Home of the Year judge Nicola Herbst, who lived there for seven years “The Axis building was converted by Patterson Architects in 1991 from a Nestlé chocolate factory into a mixed-used development of offices, restaurants, showrooms and […]

Why the Len Lye Centre is artist Shannon Novak’s favourite building

Auckland-based artist and trained pianist Shannon Novak returned to New Plymouth, his birth city, to riff on the physicality of The Len Lye Centre “How could you not love it? Long mirrored arms stretch into the sky pulling it earthward. Smooth, undulating curves trace visual music through the air. Warm sunlight slow dances around your body as […]

See how Andiamo restaurant managed to go bold with beige

A neighbourhood classic in Auckland’s Herne Bay is brought back to life Late last year, Auckland’s Nourish Group reopened Andiamo, which had closed on the same site several years before. “Andiamo had been an instiution in our community for years,” says Nourish’s Paula Sigley, “and we wanted to re-create a warm and inviting local.” Any […]

Award winning architect Jeremy Salmond says this is his favourite building

Known for his work conserving heritage buildings, it makes sense that architect Jeremy Salmond would choose old Gisborne Gaol as his favourite building Jeremy Salmond was recently awarded the New Zealand Institute of Architects’ 2018 Gold Medal, recognising his work in conserving heritage buildings. The old Gisborne Gaol is not far from his Longbush Ecosanctuary […]