Small House

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.