A small 90m² two bedroom bach in the bush on Waiheke Island. A challenging Resource Consent process, site access and slope made the beginnings of this project tricky to work through. The result however, is a stunning, sunny, private retreat sitting in the canopy of the native bush. The predominant materials of black steel and cedar sit beautifully within the landscape. The interior is lined with solid oak flooring and pine plywood walls. With direct beach access to Hekerua Bay, the bach is enjoyed by three generations of one family. It is a low maintenance but high-design solution which the client is thrilled with.
Kaitawa, accessed across a swing bridge and nestled below the Tararua Ranges, it turns its collar up against the wind and full frontally addresses the view and sun. Winner of the NZIA Supreme Award (the highest honour), this simple home sits quietly in its rural landscape tucked under the Tararua Ranges. The south wall, clad in Corten steel protects the house from cold southerly winds while the north side is fulled glazed end to end.
McKenzie Reserve, Waiheke Is
The four viewpoints encourage further engagement with McKenzie Reserve. The Reserve is such that visitors should be encouraged to explore further and to look deeper than the grand vista to sea. The viewpoints lure visitors further into and around the reserve but also provide a space to linger and rekindle. They respond to the varied views and conditions and characteristics of the site and the architecture closely reflects the conditions and planting at each site. The viewpoints also suggest repeat visits as the they and the Reserve change based on conditions such as time of day, season, weather, duration and people. McKenzie Reserve provides a sense of connection - your place within community, within nature, within world and the viewpoints help to inspire and promote this engagement. They focus inward, focus outward, and enhance that personal encounter with the site yet are also a family of objects in conversation.
Concept design of te matira by Shay Launder. Concept design of te nohoanga, nga whariki and nga puare by Nikki Launder.
An extension to an existing bungalow utilising the garden towards the street and maximising the northwest facing rear garden. Clad in natural horizontal and vertical cedar the new renovation extends the house to a four bedroom, two bathroom, two living home. Natural timbers and use of colour are key interior concepts used in this project to stunning visual effect.
Abutting the shores of the Kaipara in its northwestern corner, this dwelling sneaks three expanding and twisting tubes along the contours, all pointing toward the magical inner estuaries.
The little sister of the Kaipara House
KTL designs and manufactures electronics primarily for use as lighting controls. Their offices and factory are located in Plimmerton, abutting SH1 at the southern end of Taupo Swamp. The building was designed as a simple form with facade textures to reflect the foreground flax stalks
Early Work Dave
Dave was a seminal architecture figure in the development of the Wellington architectural scene in the 19070s and 1980s. Work during this 20+ year period included commercial, residential and goverment work including Perrett's Corner which is recognised as a key urban design componetn in Wellington's CBD.
Early Work Nikki
Nikki's history is as a commercial architect on large scale corporate projects acting as client advocates. Her role, with clients such as BNZ Head Office, Fonterra Head Office and New Zealand Stock Exchange, was to investigate culture and brand and then advocate an architecture and workplace that wholly supported this. A large portion of this work also involved editing the successful Jasmax publication, an investigation into the practice's brand and culture, the way it was perceived by clients and staff and consultants. Thorougly engaging with an understanding a client was (and still is) core to this architectural approach and forms the basis of starting any project.
These projects include snippets of writing (Professionelle), competition entry (Queens Wharf), urban limits (Marcus Lush walk) and Masters Degree research thesis.