Entries by Archmin


Rural Dwelling, Whangarei

This dwelling is for a couple who have visitors regularly staying for extended periods from overseas. They have a simple life model and wanted a dwelling that would represent that in all aspects. The simple gabled exterior form and the selection of materials throughout endorse their simplicity of living in a beautiful rural environment. Floor […]

Harbourlife Village, Mangawhai, Kaipara District

In association with Wiredog Architecture – Wellingon. A new concept in harbourside village living for the 55+ age group. The masterplan consists of 24 two bedroom dwellings, each with carport and easy access to covered outdoor living spaces. With three house typologies; two storey, two storey in part and single storey. Each maximises available views, sun and […]

Quarry Bach, Matapouri, Tutukaka Coast

A new bach on a challenging site. The site is bordered by an estuary to the west with primary sea views to the east. The site is cut by a open stormwater drain with tidal influence. A steep ridge rises to the south with the remains of a quarry face. A large ‘bite’ has been taken out […]

Two View House, Waipu, Northland

A new house for a couple relocating from Wellington. The site is south facing but features sea views to the east with rural views to the west and south. A larger ridgeline, adjacent to the site, limits sea views to the eastern portion of the site, this building platform however has strict height plane covenants […]

Ngunguru House, Ngunguru, Whangarei District

A new house in the seaside village of Ngunguru.     This project is for an expat recently returned from the UK. It has a loft space at first floor utilising scissor trusses and features traditional timber detailing. This project is due to begin construction.

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 […]

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 […]

Pullman House Alterations , Matapouri, Tutukaka Coast

  This beach house sits atop a ridge with stunning views of Matapouri Bay. It had been in the family for many years. However its owners required an additional bedroom and ‘outdoor room’ to meet the needs of the extended family. With limited options for placement of the new bedroom wing, and to avoid the […]