Magnificent mountain cabin: Johnston Architects

Carefully considered materials and a simple yet elegant design have come together to create a striking mountain cabin siting boldly amongst the native tussock and kanuka on the sunny, north facing lower slopes of Mount Iron. The Wanaka home by Johnston Architects connects occupants to the environment from a calm and comfortable interior.     […]

Awards find homes in Canterbury, Southern Lakes

A former state house transformed to a modern family home steeped in cultural significance, the showroom of a sustainable timber brand, a farm cottage conversion and an impressive public restroom are the four Canterbury and Southern Lakes projects recognised with prestigious New Zealand Architecture Awards recently.   The 2020 ceremony held at the Christchurch Town […]

Sporting win for Ashburton

The sale of land for a $50 million high-performance sports facility bordering Lake Hood Aquatic Park has gone unconditional and will be designed by Warren & Mahoney Architects.     The Southern Parallel Sports Campus will include indoor and outdoor G3 pitches, running tracks, tennis and basketball courts, swim therapy, medical and therapy suites, a […]

Modernity meets tradition – and wins: Parker Warburton Team Architects

A modern office design within a heritage context and a dental practice with a difference has seen Dunedin and Wanaka-based architecture firm Parker Warburton Team Architects recognised in the recent 2020 Southern Architecture Awards.   The work, completed for WorkSafe New Zealand and Dunbar Wilson Dental, respectively, has been recognised in the esteemed Te Kāhui […]

Quality and character: Wilson and Hill Architects

For 25 years Wilson and Hill Architects have been delivering quality architecture to clients in Christchurch and beyond, to the whole of the South Island. The Crossing, ECan building, and Forté Health represent just a sample of Wilson and Hill’s post-earthquake designs characterising Christchurch. With their workload increasing, directors Chris Wilson and David Hill asked […]

Married to architecture

Ever wondered what life is like for architects’ families? Anna South, who is married to Craig South of South Architects Ltd in Christchurch, shares her perspective.   When someone gets the chance to put their mark on the world in a unique and personal way, as architects do, it is only natural that they want […]

Crafting Homes

When it comes to building on the hills, only the very best in experience and expertise will do, and that’s where renowned hill builders, Steve Brown Builders comes in. Director Steve Brown has been bringing dreams to life in conjunction with leading architects for 30 years.     “We offer our clients a quality service, […]

Distance no barrier to achieve inspiring architecture

Whether planning a new home in Canterbury or further afield, a consistent quality design process should be achievable. Architect Craig South, of Allfrey + South, suggests distance need not present any impediment to success.     Given all the advantages of connectivity in today’s world, overcoming distance to achieve great architecture is a challenge that […]

Opening new doors on city living: Allfrey + South Architects

Buyers seeking a newly built city apartment will find plenty on the market. But what if people want something else, something more connected and affordable? Architect Craig South explores what this ‘something else’ could look like and how it could transform how we live.     I was recently invited to contribute to a New […]

Affordability and the culture trap: Linetype Architectural

When it comes to houses, there are certain ergonomic features that make a space function, but it’s hard to argue for a need when spaces get larger than necessity dictates. However, strip a design back to necessity and we might be disappointed with what we are presented.     Therefore, it’s important to recognise we […]