Category: Architecture

Architecture

Red house in the bush works on all levels

Described by NZIA judges as a ‘witty counterpoint’ to the surrounding bush, this red house by Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects is a tall, box-like volume with expansive glazing. Why do we seldom see a colourful house today? Is it to do with constraints laid down by developers, which result in streets and streets of grey, […]

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All Together Now: Matraville Residence

Light-filled and airy, this dwelling by Tzannes re-imagines the suburban home and experiments with new modes of multi-generational living. Experimentation is at the core of innovation. In architecture and design these terms are often associated with radical aesthetics, bold colours and novel materiality. However, the real day-to-day innovations that improve the quality of the built […]

Architecture

Black Walls Bring The Wow Factor

Marama Durie shares her Palmerston North home with husband Colin McGrath. She bought the silver buffet from Republic, her favourite interiors store in Auckland: “I always stop there when I’m up!”; old couches were recovered with black velvet and match the Christian Lacroix wallpaper; the bright pink lampshade is covered in Designers Guild fabric; Bloomingville […]

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Grand Designs: House in the woods steps right out of a fairy tale

Steve and Chrissy Sygrove prove passion is a strong motivating force as they complete their handcrafted American Gothic home in TItirangi. “Expect the unexpected” could have been the catchphrase for this Grand Designs NZ project. In an era of bold, contemporary architecture, the fairytale house created by builder Steve Sygrove and his wife Chrissy is […]

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Michael Viviano Designs Gabled House for His Parents in Houston

Architect Michael Viviano has worked with his mum and dad to create them this concrete and timber house with a gable roof in Houston, Texas. Situated on a narrow, noisy corner plot, the two-storey house measures 4,250 square feet (395 square metres). The building is constructed of custom-cut, stacked concrete bricks, with contrasting tongue-and-groove larch […]

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Strong Architecture for a Big Landscape Defines Country Retreat

Rusted corrugated iron creates a weathered patina that helps to define the bold, modern form of this farmhouse retreat designed by Herbst Architects. A retreat in the country is all about going back to nature. But this home in the magnificent Kauaeranga Valley on the Coromandel Peninsula takes the idea more literally than most. Lance […]