New House

Gently Steep

Mindful of the area’s mining history, John Hardwick-Smith creates a light-on-the-land bach for friends in Pūponga.

Sure to Rise

Architect Mike Callaghan believed he’d found his family’s forever home in Ōtautahi when a blank slate around the corner beckoned.

Side Project

Driven by a couple’s desire for versatility, Gerard Dombroski designs a studio home atop a garage in Brooklyn, Te Whanganui-a-Tara.

Tipping Point

A dramatic weathered jewel by Parsonson Architects drops anchor on the hilltop above Te Mamaku Ruby Bay.

Pool House

A new home by Patchwork Architecture has transformed the former Gonville Swimming Baths in Whanganui into a contemporary family compound.

Love Shines Over My Horizon

Humble apple crates planted the seed of inspiration for this idyllic family home on the outskirts of Tāmaki Makaurau by Strachan Group Architects.

It's Oh So Quiet

Herbst Architects craft a private seaside retreat at Wairahi Langs Beach with finely tuned levels and rhythmic screening.

Blanc Slate

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

Still Life

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

Aspect Ratio

Spacecraft Architects turn an empty pocket of the character-filled Aro Valley into an opportunity of unique proportions

Fortress of Zen

Rafe Maclean designs an eco-conscious home and studio in Wānaka that’s centred around a sense of enclosure.

Bird's Eye View

An elegant bolthole by Lovell & O’Connell Architects spreads its wings on the rocky slopes of Little Mount Iron.

Match Point

Tucked away in a leafy suburb of Tāmaki Makaurau, this sublime courtyard home by Guy Tarrant is a sanctuary of space and light.

Past & Presence

Steeped in sunlight and nostalgia, this Taupō beach house by Parsonson Architects puts a modern skew on the classic Kiwi bach.

Make Peace with the Day

On an overlooked site at Matapōuri, a bach looks inward to create an entirely different experience.

A Landscape of Visions

A prefabricated trio of cabins provides an intimate off-grid escape, scattered across a slice of North Canterbury wine country.

This Time It's Personal

Behind a windowless brick wall, Georgia Peacocke creates an elegant retreat with expansive estuary views.

We Dance to the Light

Tropical influences and a corner site meet happily in a house that opens and closes as the seasons change.

Work It, Make It, Do It

Paul Davidson spends five years finishing a crafted little house in the bush at Anawhata.

Tide Lines

Designed with a focus on taking time and slowing down, this beautifully resolved coastal escape gives itself over to the rhythm of the landscape.

Land Fall

An environmentally minded home surrounded by regenerating bush skims the earth above Ōtama Beach.

Your Move

Oli Booth turns the tables on convention to create a striking little family home in Grey Lynn, Tāmaki Makaurau.

Depth of Field

Architect Gerald Parsonson plants an urbane family home in a field near Te Hemo-a-Te Atonga Havelock North.

Ripple Effect

Patchwork Architecture construct a robust yet sensitively detailed family home in a disused front yard.

Block Party

Life threw architect Henri Sayes a curveball and he responded in kind with this brick beauty in Onehunga, Tāmaki Makaurau.

Second Nature

Architect Hamish Cameron crafts an intuitive and sustainable forever home that’s in tune with its surroundings.

Small World

A trio of houses on a single site in Te Whanganui-a-Tara add up to a lot more than the sum of their parts.


Patchwork Architecture presents an elevated take on intensification in the capital.

On Form

Somewhere between city home and bach, this prefabricated Waiheke Island house by Hamish Stirrat is one out of the box.

House of Straw

Gallerist Annie Wilson shares the magic of her and partner Sean’s Pūkorokoro Miranda home in her own words.

Easy Silence

Johnstone Callaghan Architects create an intimate, off-grid retreat that treads ever-so lightly in the Tasman bush.

Country Twang

Designed as a weekend retreat and future retirement haven, architect Tim Nees delivers a home that’s in harmony with the land.

Into the Fold

Patrick Clifford of Architectus creates a cliffside escape for friends that explores the pleasure of volume and scale.

In Sync

A family home in Ōtautahi Christchurch finds harmony between sustainability and style.

Natural Rhythm

Inspired by boatsheds, Andrew Patterson composes an elegant family resort on Waiheke Island that’s both minimal and monumental.

Poetic Refrain

Herbst Architects present an intriguing yet harmonious show of contradictions in this family hideaway at Matapōuri Beach.

Play it by Air

With an alternative approach and an intuitive ear, Rafe Maclean arrives at something unexpected in Wānaka.


Part fale, part harbour marker: RTA Studio designs a striking off-grid bach at Medlands Beach on Aotea Great Barrier Island.


Natalie Parke and Dom Glamuzina challenge expectations with a compact bach on the hill at Tairua.

Meadow Fresh

Faced with a flat paddock and rolling views, Patchwork Architecture designs a sophisticated response.

Cut from sunlight

Geoff Fletcher arranges two light-on-the-land whare on stilts down a vertiginous hillside in Aro Valley.

Who these atua

Part whare, part barn... Stevens Lawson crafts a house on Waiheke Island for contemplation and retreat.

What'll it be?

Pac Studio transcends planning strictures and a property bubble to create a sublime minor dwelling

Scaling Up

Over nearly a decade, Rafe Maclean collaborates with a young family to design a home that's grown as their needs have changed.

Ship to Shore

James Warren and Bruce Banbury craft a house instilled with light and memory above the Heathcote Estuary in Christchurch.

Multiple Choice

To afford this magnificent piece of land, two architects built a small but incredibly hard-working house and studio in the mountains near Arrowtown.

Pause and Retreat

Gerald Parsonson designs an expansive family home at Lake Hawea for art-addicted collectors

Only Place I Want to Be

Paul Clarke builds a house for his family that draws on the memory of their former home.

Shelter in Place

Surprise! Spacecraft Architects create delight in a courtyard home on a compromised Wellington site.

Central Planning

A young architect couple plays with colour and volume to create a home for themselves, and one to rent

Hidden in Plain Sight

With bold moves and radical transparency, Jack McKinney deftly slips a new house into a heritage zone in central Auckland.

Anchor Me

Rich Naish future-proofs a beachside retreat for his family on a challenged site north of Auckland.

River Side

On a bucolic site just behind Whangapoua beach, a contemporary shed manages views, wind and the needs of friends and family.

Best Nest

A sharp little house on Waiheke Island is a contrast in openness and containment.

Back to Bach

A modest bach at Riversdale Beach to fill with extended family and friends.

Shed Space

A retreat in rural Katikati has wide views, a sense of containment – and a helluva lot of soul.

Shed Equity

A new cabin by Cheshire Architects in a clifftop compound redefines luxury with raw materials and a simple composition.

Compound Equation

Wanting to work closer to home, Shane Kingsbeer builds a new courtyard house behind his architecture studio on the fringes of downtown Gisborne.

Ground Up

Using local earth and clever planning, Assembly Architects designs a discreet house on a hill with spectacular views.

Watch Tower

Turning the typical suburban house upside down and inside out, David Stubbs creates an intriguing vertical home in Picton.

Around the Block

Evan Mayo finds unexpected inspiration in a decidedly suburban setting at Mount Maunganui.

Above the Street

With a distinctly personal touch, chef Al Brown makes an apartment in a tower by Cheshire Architects his own.

On the Shore

Richard Naish deals with storms and sea lions for the design of a robust crib in The Catlins.

Down the Hill

Sam Kebbell designs an unpretentious wooden house in Hataitai with neighbours and community in mind.

Norwegian Wood

Drawing on Scandinavian shingles and Japanese ski huts, a smart little holiday home in Wānaka causes a stir.

Break Water Harmony

Using cross-laminated timber and a little chutzpah, Cecile Bonnifait and William Giesen overcome a site others might consider unbuildable.

Heart Full

A young couple overcomes a vertiginous site and tiny budget with care, craft and courage.

Re Location

A site switch and a compelling sense of restraint underpin the success of this energy-efficient Tāwharanui Peninsula home by Neu Architecture.

Screen Saver

On a windswept coastal site near Ngāmotu New Plymouth, this courtyard home by Gibbons Architects strikes a fine balance between exposure and enclosure.

Summer Unplugged

Benched into the hillside, overlooking the first tee of a coastal Wairarapa golf course, this beach shelter by Neville Parker, of Inside Design, is a lighthearted return to how we once holidayed.

Crowd Pleaser

Rogan Nash Architects create a restful bach at Rotorua’s Lake Ōkāreka that’s perfect for two – or 12.

Display Case

In the foothills of Tauranga’s Welcome Bay, Cate Creemers designs a home around views and an extensive art collection.

Greener Pastures

In a cluster of gum trees just outside Tarras, Gary Todd creates a modern, easy home for retirement.

Garden State

Henri Sayes reinterprets the traditional suburban bungalow with this intimate Onehunga home.

Slide Effect

Mercer & Mercer Architects design a Mount Maunganui home with fun at the forefront.

Higher Ground

Young Architects battled tough terrain when designing this robust Ōtautahi family home.

Calm Together

Architect Evelyn McNamara evokes a sense of retreat in this Glendowie family home.

Relative Ease

An established garden provides the perfect backdrop to this family-focused home in Ngāmotu.

Urban Oasis

Clive Chapman puts down roots on a leafy site in Ponsonby, Tāmaki Makaurau.

Peak Flow

A Wānaka holiday home by Wilson & Hill Architects has views to the future.

Good as Gold

Bergendy Cooke designs a Central Otago home that takes cues from its surroundings and the historic local vernacular.

Pitch Perfect

A hard-working beach house in Taranaki by First Light Studio transitions effortlessly to full-time home.

Fully Engaged

A family home connects to nature through a design that opens up to big, rural views.


A private cricket pavilion at Point Wells

Rural Vernacular

An elegant Waikato home is based on the most agrarian of references.

Coastal Grooves

A house by Gerrad Hall hides in plain sight near a public beach and reserve.