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

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

Display Case
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