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January 26, 2016
With an incredible landscape that stretches throughout the country, these New Zealand architects design around the scenic coastlines and mountain slopes.
Affordable house renovation in new zealand

New Zealand architect Davor Popadich invoked nautical sheds in his unconventional design for his family’s home on Auckland’s North Shore. The exterior of the Popadich residence is modeled after boat storage sheds, while the interior is outfitted with industrial concrete and ply. 

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The home is mostly clad in black trapezoidal-profile steel, with cedar boards lining what the owners call the “human spaces”—external passages between buildings. A solar hot water system perches on the roof.

When Bronwen Kerr and Pete Ritchie decided to relocate from New Zealand’s capital, Wellington, to Queenstown, on the country’s South Island, they designed a new home for themselves and their three children on a site Ritchie had purchased when he was living in the area—a stunning lakeside plot. Working in partnership, the couple devised a home and studio that is separated by a passage through the middle of the building. 

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New Zealand house with angular cedar facade with cutaway

The house that Henri Sayes designed for himself and his wife, Nicole Stock, is distinguished by a cutaway in the cedar cladding that mirrors the angular double-height space within. In the yard, a grassy berm, fashioned from earth excavated for the foundation, takes the place of a fence. 

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Modern beach house porch in New Zealand

If the beach is at the core of New Zealand’s identity, so too are the humble vacation homes erected on shorelines during the middle of the last century. With authenticity and simplicity as their rallying cry, a Kiwi architect and his wife have built a modern beach house that puts a fresh spin on the local vernacular. 

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Auckland house by Michael O'Sullivan, exterior

The house architect Michael O’Sullivan designed and built for himself, his partner Melissa Schollum, and their three young children in Auckland, New Zealand, has just two bedrooms and is a modest 1,200 square feet. The house is in a harborside suburb on the flanks of Mangere Mountain, one of the most beautiful of the more than 40 dormant volcanic cones that punctuate the Auckland isthmus. 

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Modern small space in New Zealand with corrugate metal cladding facade

Inspired by the small scale of Japanese residences—in particular, Makoto Masuzawa’s 1952 Minimum House—architect Andrew Simpson designed his own economical 538-square-foot home, set into a wooded site in Island Bay, a coastal suburb outside Wellington, New Zealand.  

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Affordable house renovation in new zealand

New Zealand architect Davor Popadich invoked nautical sheds in his unconventional design for his family’s home on Auckland’s North Shore. The exterior of the Popadich residence is modeled after boat storage sheds, while the interior is outfitted with industrial concrete and ply. 

Photo by Simon Devitt. Image courtesy of © 2011 Simon Devitt.

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