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Mangrove House, Ngunguru, Tutukaka Coast

Designed for a young family looking to return home from abroad. This house sits on a spectacular site bordering an extensive mangrove forest.   The clients had initially approached a house building company and were dissatisfied with the resulting design and its relationship to the unique site. The budget and floor area however needed to […]

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Beach Hut, Matapouri, Tutukaka Coast

A new coastal ‘hut’ as beach retreat Having camped on the site, the clients wanted a simple bach that retained the magic of camping holidays. The hut was to reference a high country hut rather than a flat roofed pavilion.  The site is set back from the beach at the foot of a bush clad […]

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Harbourside House, Whangarei Habour

At just 89m² plus decks, this is a unique home for a couple. With stunning views over the Whangarei Harbour, it is designed for views to the South and privacy to the North. The nautical nature of the site has strongly informed the concept, with details having been carried throughout the house. The house is located […]

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Pataua River House, Whangarei District

           New coastal family home Nearing completion. This home is constructed from a blend of timber framed walls, clad in vertical cedar, exposed in-situ concrete walls and polished concrete floor slabs. It is situated on a stunning building platform overlooking the Pataua River. Utilising passive solar design principles, the concrete elements will keep […]

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The Curved House, Whangarei District

Situated on an elevated sloping site with 180° stunning views to the northern aspect, the form of the dwelling and configuration of the spaces in this home were directly in response to these dominant environmental factors. The site was benched to form a platform for the footprint of the house. The floor plan literally followed […]

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Pataua House, Whangarei District

This home is separated into distinct parts for living, sleeping and working. The partially flat and hilly site worked well for designing with passive solar principles in mind. The living area runs from east-west with the long axis orientated north for excellent thermal gain onto the carefully placed mass walls and floor. With overhangs and […]

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Araroa Studio, Whangarei Heads

Araroa Studio is purpose built for self-contained tourist accommodation. Situated in an elevated remote rural location, with expansive views north along the east coast, the building is a place of retreat. The footprint of the living spaces is a mere 70 sq m, which includes two double bedrooms, a generous bathroom and a spacious open […]

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Khandallah House, Wellington

This project by McKenzie Higham Architecture, Wellington, was a compact new house on a tight rear site on a Wellington hillside.  Jeff’s role while employed by McKenzie Higham Architecture was as project architect. He was involved in all stages of the project including: Pre-design Concept, preliminary and developed design stages Detailed design and documentation packages […]

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