Port Levy House Update

Final designs have now been polished, we’re looking forward to getting planning approval and starting the build on this home situated on a rural block with views out to Port Levy Harbour.

Our client’s brief for a secluded rural cottage was simply to be off the grid and sustainable. From this we developed a design with a series of raised platforms, rooms and decks, perched above a wild unglazed meadow. Visual inspiration for the design has been taken from the farming vernacular, with repetitive roof forms also acknowledging the shape of the hillsides on both sides of the valley.

The modular structure lends itself to prefabrication, and with the land situated on a large rural block positioned between two ridges on Banks Peninsula, should make for ease of delivery.

Love this design? To discuss getting your own creation contact Tim here »

Grafton Street Housing

The lack of affordable housing is prominently featured in the media at the moment, so it was great to have a client approach us to create a design for them.

Grafton Street Housing is a medium density, affordable housing development in Waltham for NZ Mainco. Work on the multi-residential design is in progress in the studio at the moment. The challenge has been to achieve an intimate sense of scale and community with very tight site constraints. Colour and detail on the stand-alone units link the buildings to the villas and cottages in the neighbourhood.

To discuss your own multi-residential or affordable housing requirements contact Tim here »

Taylor’s Mistake Update October 2016

Everyone is very excited that building is about to start on site this month for the Taylor’s Mistake House. It will be a busy summer!

The concept for this home is to support simple and flexible living. Perched on a ledge above Taylor’s Mistake Bay, the house’s structure has evolved into a collection of elegant objects. These three vessels are grouped artfully together to create an afternoon courtyard that maximise beach views and sun.

Inspired to create your own beachside residence? Contact Tim to discuss your requirements here »

 

Lene Tranberg – Futuna Lecture Series 2016

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Danish architect Lene Tranberg will be delivering three lectures across New Zealand this March. Lene will talk about her architectural practise, highlighting her recent projects to demonstrate her approach, philosophy and influences.

Lene Tranberg has practiced in Copenhagen working in and managing the practice of Lundgaard and Tranberg formed in 1985. This is a significant and creative practice, which has authored some of the most important cultural projects in Europe. Winner of 5 RIBA European Awards, Danish Business Woman of the Year 2010, Knight of the Order of the Dannebrog and judge in international architectural competitions such as Mies van der Rohe Award (2015) and Stirling Prize Jury (2011). Through her work Lene has accrued significant and worthy international acclaim.

Auckland – 6.30pm Wednesday 16th March
Christchurch – 6.30pm Thursday 17th March
Wellington – 6.30pm Saturday 19th March

Get tickets here »

Ready to Collaborate? The Four Foundations of Hiring an Architect

 

1. Personality. Meet them in person. How well do they communicate? Is there a rapport between you? Do they talk about their ideas in a way you can readily understand? Do they fill you with confidence?

2. Design. Look at their work. But more importantly, visit one of their buildings. Do you like it? Does it make you feel good? Is it well put together? Make sure it is the kind of architecture you connect with.

3. Reputation. Talk to previous clients. Seek recommendations.

4. Process. If they’re not upfront about timeframes, fees and cost, then it’s time to go elsewhere.