Small House

A Landscape of Visions

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

Work It, Make It, Do It

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

Hut Valley

An elevated take on a cabin in the woods riffs off the historic gold miners’ huts that once dotted the dense West Coast bush.

Easy Silence

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

Enough Said

Thinking outside the bach, Edwards White Architects design an off-grid family escape that’s a big step up from camping.

Bright Spark

Peter Shaw combines bold design moves with elements of Californian mid-century modern architecture in a home he built himself.


With relative simplicity, Spacecraft Architects turn a retreat for a single man into a family home on the Tūtūkākā Coast.

In Sync

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

Play it by Air

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

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.

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.

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.

Shelter in Place

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

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.

Watch Tower

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

On the Shore

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

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.

Mini Me

RTA Studio demonstrates how great architecture transcends time with this elegant Wānaka guest lodging.

Garage Project

Natasha Markham deftly balances respect and renewal with this 1980s Ron Sang garage conversion.

Sacred Space

A belief in simplicity and order underpins the design of this self-contained unit.