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Crowd Pleaser

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

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On the foothills of Tauranga’s Welcome Bay, Cate Creemers designs a home around views and an extensive art collection. // As seen in HERE

Greener Pastures

In a cluster of gum trees just outside Tarras, Gary Todd creates a modern, easy home for retirement. // As seen in HERE

Garden State

Architect Henri Sayes reinterprets the traditional suburban bungalow with this intimate Onehunga home for a special client: his mum. // As seen in HERE

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. // As seen in HERE

Calm together

The architect evokes a sense of retreat in this Glendowie family home. // As seen in HERE

Relative ease

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

Urban oasis

An Auckland architect puts down roots for his own home on a leafy site in Ponsonby. // As seen in HERE

Peak flow

A Wanaka holiday home has views to the future. // As seen in HERE

Heart to Hartley

Kiwi racing star builds his dream home in Acacia Bay

Good as gold

A Central Otago home takes cues from its surroundings and the historic local vernacular. // As seen in HERE

Elemental beauty

The elemental beauty of this clifftop home is a masterclass in unassuming forms and breathtaking vistas. // Denizen

Pitch perfect

A hard-working Taranaki beach house transitions effortlessly to a full-time home. // As seen in HERE

Coastal grooves

A house for a young family hides in plain sight near a public beach and reserve. // As seen in HERE

Rural vernacular

An elegant Waikato home is based on the most agrarian of references. // As seen in HERE

Before and after

A renovation opens this tired 70s house up to light and views. // As seen in HERE

Beautiful constraints

Designing a modern extension for a house rooted in history. // As seen in HERE

Fully engaged

A family home connects to nature and opens up to big, rural views. // As seen in HERE

Nick's attention to detail

Nick shares how he worked with Kris Wilson to build a home that made the most of every inch of his compact site

Gold Mine

Crosson Architect's 'Light Mine' is Home of the Year 2020 winner. The brief was for a low-slung, single-level dwelling: modest and unassuming. The house that now stands is both those things but has become something unique in NZ architecture.

Low profile

The brief for this home was to respond to the landscape and design a home for rest, work and play.

Light Fantastic

The brief for this holiday home was to capture light on a challenging site and build on memories from the original family bach.

Foreign Exchange

The homeowners created a home that's formal, but warm, welcoming and works perfectly in the Central Otago environment. They sourced materials from around the world to create a place that's unique to them.

City Limits

This inner-city home successfully makes the most of a compact site to bring along some of the lifestyle block they moved from.

One out of the box

A country abode with a contemporary urban edge

The Black Barn on the Hill

This homeowner's original concept was "barn-like" which evolved to become a contemporary rural retreat where the living areas open on to a courtyard to create the feeling of one big room.

If you can see the mountain…

When someone goes to the trouble of installing home glazing so stupendously large it has to be fitted by a crane truck, you just know they have a good reason.

Let there be light

Let there be light – and plenty of stud height. Those were the overwhelming priorities for the owners of this award-winning, Cameron Cotton-designed Mt Maunganui home.

Adventure in a small box

This six metre by six metre cabin captures the essence of West Coast living.

Easy living

Long gone are the days when group homes were built to a ‘one-size-fits-all’ set of plans