Best House Aotearoa

Making a home for Pete on an impossible site in Grey Lynn

Carved into an unlikely corner of Tāmaki Makaurau, this determinedly clear-eyed design pushes the boundaries – and wins.

Plot Twist

Editor's Letter: Here Awards 2023

Reflecting on the 2023 Here Awards.

Makes Scents

Every element of this Titirangi kitchen re-think is infused with ingenuity and delight.

Join Me

Fusing ancient techniques with modern technology, this finely crafted shelter makes room for rest and reflection on a nature trail in Te Moana-a-Toi.

Higher Education

With guidance from locals, architect Rick Pearson turns two classrooms into a vibrant visitor centre in the foothills of Mount Everest.

New & Notable: October 2023

A new space on the same block for Public Record, a bluestone warehouse turns into Tāmaki's best new venue, and a cosy wine bar opens on Karangahape Road.

A new timber-lined passage provides a tranquil transition between mid-century family home and modern retreat in Tāmaki Makaurau.

Happy Place

Open Home Hapua St

Join us as we tour two updated modernist classics on a single street in Tāmaki Makaurau.

Suck It Up

How a sponge city approach could help Aotearoa absorb the devastating impacts of our changing climate.


Kristina Pickford sets the scene.

Clear as Day

Architect Rebecca Walker plants a modern glasshouse at the heart of her mother’s cherished garden in Tāmaki Makaurau.

Favourite Things: Cam Millar

Cam Millar, manager of The Estate at Webb’s, shares his eclectic collection – from Aotearoa brutalism to outsider art favoured by Picasso.

Still Life

Embraced by regenerating native bush, this family home at Hāhei combines privacy with an open-door policy.

Floral History

A signature piece honours 100 years of women’s right to vote.

Straight Up

Furniture designer Ted Synnott on what joins his first collection together.

Familia Feeling

A sympathetic renovation returns this 1960s hilltop home in Ōtautahi Christchurch to its family-centric roots.

We're Designing a House: Step 3

We’ve designed a model house with the team at Artis. It’s modest, compact and delightful – but can we afford the woodburner?

An elevated take on affordable architecture, these new terrace homes in Manukau build on a bold community vision.

Fair Ground

Slopes & Dreams

A new book and exhibition celebrate architect Rewi Thompson.

Milky Way

Pillowy buns provide a heavenly base for your favourite toppings – sweet or savoury.

From My Window: Draw a Bath

Relaxing into a moment of reflection in Te Whanganui-a-Tara.

A stark white home and studio invite closer inspection on an Ōtautahi cliffside.

Blanc Slate


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