Architecture in a Relationship with Nature
26 April 2018
Today's modern cities have a tendency to crush nature underfoot, and cover it in concrete, to fight against nature in a battle for supremacy. But it doesn't have to be that way. Architecture can (as Mario Pei advised) 'let nature in'. Our homes and our work places, our cities, can exist in harmony with nature, can be a reflection of nature within us.
I don't believe architecture has to speak too much. It should remain silent and let nature in the guise of sunlig... Continue reading
25 April 2018
Autumn in Aotearoa New Zealand can be such an indecisive time of year, in some ways this season is the perfect expression of our climate: wet and suddenly cold, then days of warm sunny weather.
Seeing the Wood and the Trees
25 April 2018
There's nothing quite like natural wood for a feeling of warmth, and wood finishes can help create a casual, laid back vibe, or a formal executive look, and anything in between.
Wood can be oiled, waxed, stained, or lacquered - even smoked! - but whether matte or gloss will always have it's own depth and internal glow. For a very bush or beach feel, rough hewn timber lets the natural texture of of the wood express itself.
Easy to work, and with great variation in colour and grain, wood provides endles... Continue reading
Build Up Emergency Housing
02 April 2018
For a number of months now, we have been part of an emergency housing initiative, together with a number of amazing people. The aim of this project, titled 'Build Up', was to motivate the public to encourage Auckland Council to do more about the homelessness crisis we are currently facing.
Over the weekend of the 17th-18th of March the concept became a reality. 'Build Up' and a team of eager volunteers took part in constructing a home on an unused Auckland Council owned site. The 27m2 tiny home is desi... Continue reading
On the Boards
25 February 2018
We thought you might like to see the competition entry we mentioned in our last post. The competition was for the design of the Pavilion for Sculpture on the Gulf 2019 on Waiheke, unfortunately, we were not successful this time. We collaborated on this project with ceramic artist Brendan Adams and jeweller/sculptor Paora Toi-Te-Rangiuaia, and really enjoyed the process and the exchange of ideas. Continue reading
On the Boards
05 February 2018
It’s been a fun and interesting start to 2018, with a number of new opportunities coming up, and a competition entry with a couple of local artists, sent off last week.
Towards the end of last year we worked on a proposal for a holistic health education centre. Our design has rammed earth walls, a green roof and a central garden atrium forming the heart of the building. &n... Continue reading
Architecture as Relationship to Place
10 January 2018
I tell my students that architecture is essentially about being in the world, at this time, and in this place, and about how and who we want to be.
“In the big picture, architecture is the art and science of making sure that our cities and buildings fit with the way we want to live our lives.”
- Bjarke Ingels
05 December 2017
Designing for the future is a fundamental aspect of our work, and in line with this we offer both LifeMark and Homestar certification. We are LifeMark Partners, and as well as our being a member of the NZ Green Building Council for the last few years, our lead architect, Jessamine Fraser, has recently qualified as a Homestar Assessor.
We joined LifeMark, because we recognise that people's needs change over time, sometimes unexpectedly. We are also increasingly being asked about m... Continue reading
05 December 2017
Rain brings new life and possibility. Rain cleanses and refreshes the world and us.
Good architecture lets nature in. - Mario Pei
Listening to the sound of the rain on the roof while we are warm inside, speaks to one of the fundamentals of architecture: though architecture provides us with shelte... Continue reading
03 December 2017
I don’t know about you, but in summer I spend more time outside my house than inside it - especially with the weather we’ve had this January. In New Zealand our outdoor living room is just as important as our indoor one, and the way these two spaces meet, and how they work together, is vital to the success of both.