Resene Architecture and Design Film Festival 2015

With New Zealand almost into the icy grip of winter it’s also film festival time. This year Resene is working with Rialto Cinemas and Clearly & Co to bring us the fourth Resene Architecture and Design Film Festival.

The movies are divided into four separate spheres: Architectural Perspectives, Design Inspiration, Experiments in Space, and Greenscapes.

My must-see picks for this year are screenings of two Sir Ian Athfield movies: Architect of Dreams directed by Geoffrey Cawthorn and Architect Athfield directed by Sam Neill.

The festival is screening in three New Zealand locations:

Wellington – The Embassy Theatre – 28 May – 10 Jun 2015

Dunedin – Rialto Cinemas Dunedin – 11 Jun – 21 Jun 2015

Christchurch – Academy Gold – 25 Jun – 8 Jul 2015

Download the festival programme here »

Visit the festival website here »




Pine Hill Road, Dunedin

Pine Hill Road

A tiny project I’ve been working on for the past year is a landscape intervention to a modernist Dunedin house.

Designed in the late 1950’s by an engineer for himself and family, the house perches precariously above Pine Hill Road, the main SH1 road that enters Dunedin.

Placing steps and decks up the side of the house has been equally challenging.

Finally a contractor has been appointed, someone willing to do the excavation by hand.

All going well, completion is expected before the end of the year.

65 Cambridge Terrace, Christchurch, New Zealand

65 Cambridge Terrace

new work studio / tim nees architects moved into the iconic Warren & Mahoney building a few weeks ago, and we’re starting to feel settled.

We occupy a narrow half-gabled space near the top of the building overlooking the courtyard and pool, a space rich in natural colours and textures, shadow and light, and history.

Sharing the building with other architects and landscape architects adds to the studio atmosphere, and provides a focused and inspiring place to work.