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e-architect choose the key examples of New Zealand Architecture. Our aim is to include the best completed NZ buildings and new building designs. The focus is on contemporary NZ architecture.

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Latest New Zealand Architecture Designs

NZ Architecture News arranged chronologically:

Timaru CBD Complex, South Island
Design: Buchan Group Architects
Timaru CBD Complex for Bayhill Developments
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Timaru Buildings Development – 17 Aug 2016
A former hotel to make way for a $42m hotel, apartment and corporate office complex under a proposal designed by award-winning Australasian architecture firm The Buchan Group.

ASB North Wharf Auckland – 24 Oct 2013
Design: BVN Donovan Hill in association with Jasmax
ASB North Wharf Building
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According to the awards jury with its “bold response to a sustainable imperative, the building proudly declares its passive technology”, which includes a giant funnel that draws natural air through the workplace. The jury noted how “vertical activity integration and social spaces combine with innovative solar daylight harvesting technology and sunscreens to help energise a substantial and mobile working community.”

Christchurch Airport Regional Terminal – 24 Oct 2013
Design: BVN Donovan Hill with Jasmax
Christchurch Airport Regional Terminal
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This building received the Commercial Award as a building that the jury noted “is an excellent portal to and from the regional airports of New Zealand”. They also commended the architects BVN Donovan Hill in association with Jasmax for their subtle and sympathetic use of materials, as well as turning “the logistical problem of transporting goods through the facility…into an opportunity to scoop light into the body of the terminal”.

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki – 4 Oct 2013
Design: Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp and Archimedia
Kodály Centre Hungary
photo from FTI

World Building of the Year at World Architecture Festival 2013
Commending the winning project on behalf of the festival’s super-jury, Paul Finch, WAF Programme Director, said “The winning project transcended category types. You could say it is about new and old, or civic and community, or display. It contrasts the manmade and the natural, and the relationship between art and science. This is a major design achievement in a seismic zone, providing an example of design pragmatism and a carful reworking which does no more than it needs to until it is required. Balancing many different elements, the resulting design is a rich complex of built ideas.”

Waterfall Bay House, Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand South Island – 4 Oct 2013
Design: Bossley Architects
Waterfall Bay House New Zealand
photo : Kieran Scott

The only site access was by boat; construction methodology was carefully considered and some elements of the building had to be prefabricated and helicoptered into place. There was also a strong environmental element to this house, with use of recycled timbers, solar water heating, natural ventilation and water collection.

Beach Retreat, Bay of Islands, New Zealand North Island – 3 Oct 2013
Design: Bossley Architects
Beach Retreat House
photo : Patrick Reynolds

Three of the wings are cut deep into the hillside: one of them has the pasture rolling across the roof. The central wing is identified by the elegant curves of a hyperbolic parabaloid roof which floats over the multiple living areas.

Brown Vujcich House, Herne Bay, Auckland, North Island – 2 Oct 2013
Design: Bossley Architects
Herne Bay House
photo : Patrick Reynolds

This residence is located on a narrow site in the heart of Herne Bay. The entry space is protected by a vertical cedar screen. Interior spaces use hoop pine cabinetry and externally materials include fine vertical cedar shiplap and double skin bagged brick. The design and materials aim to reflect the clients’ love of fifties and sixties architecture.

Timms Bach, Kaitoke Beach, Great Barrier Island, New Zealand – added 16 Aug 2013
Design: Herbst Architects
Timms Bach
photo : Jackie Meiring

A decision was made to orientate the bach towards this powerful silhouette of mountains. Through our previous forays into bach design we became increasingly convinced of the importance of the outdoor room, so it was decided that this room would perform as a kind of viewing platform of the mountains.

Under Pohutukawa, Piha, North Island of New Zealand – 15 Aug 2013
Design: Herbst Architects
Under Pohutukawa New Zealand
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The site with which the architects were presented was extremely challenging in that it was 90% covered in mature pohutukawa trees, the site being a part of a continuous belt of forest that edges the road along the beach front. The circumstances not so much allowed, but dictated a sensitive poetic response to a building that, in order to exist would require the destruction of a large number of mature trees. To do this the architects looked to the trees themselves to give us the cues that we needed.

Compson Bach, Great Barrier Island, North Island of New Zealand – 14 Aug 2013
Design: Herbst Architects
Compson Bach New Zealand
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The relationship between spaces is ordered around the contention that the covered outside deck is the primary space. The covered deck is flanked by a sun trapped court and the kitchen and dining space. To ensure the usability of the covered deck it is enclosed on two sides with the third accessorised with sliding shutters to screen the wind. An outdoor fireplace generates the required heating and ambience and acts as the heart of the bach.

Lloyd House, New Plymouth, North Island
Design: Saunders Architects
Lloyd House New Zealand
photo : Mark Harris

House in New Plymouth – 20 Mar 2013
Situated up a long driveway far from the road this home is in a private setting surrounded by trees and with a beautiful distant view towards the Tasman Sea. The owners’ brief called for a large two storey home that was “different” but functional and easy to live in. The huge living area can be divided into rooms by means of an ingenious sliding door system which converts the space into dining, lounge and music room spaces around a double sided open fireplace.

Urban Village Competition in Christchurch – entry
Design: ZOTOV&CO
New Zealand Architecture
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Urban Village Competition in Christchurch – 8 Mar 2013
Almost demolished after earthquake in 2011 Christchurch center was required to be renovated. Main task that was given to architects is to recall livable city center. One of its quarters closed to the historical part was rendered for showcase living block consists as minimum of 50 units. The block should become an attractive alternative to dwellings in suburb area and reflect also qualitative urban environment with all its arrangements.

Lucerne Classic Car House, Auckland, North Island of New Zealand
Daniel Marshall Architects
Lucerne Classic Car House
photo : Emily Andrews / Ernie Shackles

Classic Car House Auckland – 1 Nov 2012
Contemporary residence with views to inner Waitamata harbour and Auckland. The brief focused on garaging a number of classic cars.

Knoll Ridge Cafe, Tongariro National Park, North Island of New Zealand
Harris Butt Architecture
Knoll Ridge Cafe Building
photograph : Simon Devitt

Knoll Ridge Cafe – 7 Jun 2012
This spectacular building is located at Whakapapa Ski Field on Mt. Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park. Situated on the side of a mountain the commercial ski field is sited on New Zealand’s largest active volcano. Designing a building for such a severe environment proved challenging.

Christchurch Stadium, South Island of New Zealand
Christchurch Stadium Building
picture : Populous

Christchurch Stadium – 2 Mar 2012
While Christchurch continues the painstaking process of rebuilding after last year’s destructive earthquake, optimistic signs of renewal are emerging across the infrastructure landscape of the southern New Zealand city.

Novotel Hotel Auckland International Airport, Auckland, North Island of New Zealand
Architect: Warren and Mahoney
New Zealand Hotel Building
photo © Simon Devitt

Novotel Hotel Auckland International Airport – added 8 Mar 2012
The brief for ACCOR Hospitality’s new twelve level, 4 star, 263-key Novotel hotel at Auckland International Airport called for a significant new landmark with an unmistakably ‘New Zealand’ identity.

Recent New Zealand Architecture

Christchurch Rebuilding, southern New Zealand
The Buchan Group
Christchurch Building
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Christchurch Rebuilding – 16 Dec 2011
Architectural design of the new shopping precinct in the Cashel Mall, Christchurch. Following the devastating earthquake the Brisbane architects in conjunction with their Christchurch arm, was invited to join the Re:START Group to draw on its retail expertise to help re-establish a temporary retail hub in the Christchurch CBD.

New Zealand 2011 Rugby World Cup Venue, Dunedin
Populous with Jasmax
Forsyth Barr Stadium
photo : Marina Mathews, Populous

Forsyth Barr Stadium
This 2011 Rugby World Cup Venue in southern New Zealand, is the world’s first permanently enclosed, natural turf stadium and hosted four fixtures during the Rugby World Cup. Designed by international architecture and design practice Populous, and in association with the local firm Jasmax, the new stadium replaces the legendary Carisbrook House of Pain.

Auckland Architecture Awards – main page re winners
New Zealand Institute of Architects Awards 2010-11
8 Canada Street
picture from NZIA

New Zealand Architecture

Major NZ Building Projects, alphabetical:

The Barn House
LID Architecture
The Barn House
photograph : John Sheridan

The Barn House
The Beehive – New Zealand Parliament
Basil Spence, architect; NZ Government
New Zealand Parliament Building
picture © Adrian Welch

New Zealand Parliament Building
Christchurch Terminal, South Island
HASSELL + Warren and Mahoney
Christchurch Airport Building
picture from architect

Christchurch Airport Terminal
Corinth St House
Daniel Marshall Architect
Corinth Street house
photo © Simon Devitt

Corinth Street house
Cox’s Bay House, north New Zealand
Stevens Lawson Architects
Coxs Bay House
image © Mark Smith

Coxs Bay House, Auckland
Herne Bay House, Auckland
Stevens Lawson Architects
Herne Bay House
photo © Mark Smith

Herne Bay House
Great Barrier Island House
Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects
Great Barrier Island House
photograph : Simon Devitt

Great Barrier Island House

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Wellington Architecture Awards
Supreme Court Wellington
picture from NZIA

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