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post updated 11 October 2021

NZ Architecture Designs – chronological list

Buildings in New Zealand

We’ve selected what we feel are the key examples of New Zealand Buildings. We aim to include the best design-led NZ buildings.

We cover completed buildings, new building designs, architectural exhibitions and competitions across New Zealand. The focus is on contemporary New Zealand buildings but information on traditional NZ buildings is also welcome.

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Major NZ Building Projects, alphabetical:

Hobson Bay House, Auckland
Design: Stevens Lawson Architects
Hobson Bay architecture
picture © Mark Smith
Hobson Bay architecture
The living areas, sky deck and main bedroom are located on the upper floor to take in the panoramic harbour views. The upper level functions as a semi independent apartment for the parents, while the ground floor level has two bedrooms for the teenage sons, a living area and kitchenette, as well as garaging.

Hot Water Beach House, north island
Stevens Lawson Architects
New Zealand home
image © Mark Smith
New Zealand home, Coromandel
This property takes the form of two fanning wings linked by a stained glass entry creating a central garden courtyard that is protected from sea breezes and orientated towards the afternoon sun. The home is an elaboration on the theme of the New Zealand ‘Bach’ with it’s mono-pitch roof, black cladding and large verandahs.

Ironbank Building, Auckland
Design: RTA Studio
Ironbank Building Auckland
image from architects
Ironbank Building
The highly innovative building is a rich, groundbreaking and thrilling tour de force. Its towers of stacked boxes have a restless, sculptural quality and the raw, muscular materials harmonise perfectly with the inner city context.

Len Lye Centre, New Plymouth
Design: Patterson Associates
Len Lye Centre - New Zealand Buildings
image from Govett-Brewster Art Gallery
Len Lye Centre
The Len Lye Centre will be a new home for the care, research, preservation and engagement with the art and ideas of pioneer New Zealand-born modernist filmmaker and kinetic artist Len Lye (1901-80). The Len Lye Collection and Archive has been cared for and exhibited by the Govett-Brewster since it was gifted by the artist to the Len Lye Foundation ‘for the people of New Zealand’ in 1980.

Lower Hatea River Crossing
Design: Knight Architects
Lower Hatea River Crossing
image from architects practice
Lower Hatea River Crossing
Work began this week on the construction of the Lower Hatea River Crossing in Whangarei, New Zealand with a Maori blessing of the site. The NZ $29m (US $22m) project is part of a package to address congestion in the main city in Northland.

Mai Mai, Auckland
Design: Patterson Associates Limited
Mai Mai New Zealand Buildings
picture : Patrick Reynolds
Mai Mai building
The programme for this house seeks to create a sense of belonging for a couple through the construction of a sense of place common to both Hunter and Bird. Its concept explores the reconciliation of two ideas as relating to birds; a nest and a hide.

The Michael Hill Clubhouse, South Island
Design: Patterson Associates
Queenstown architecture - New Zealand Buildings
photograph : Simon Devitt
Queenstown architecture, Otago
Hunkered into the earth, The Michael Hill Clubhouse seeks to integrate and intensify the experience of golf with the landscape. The design seeks an impression of form having evolved from the same forces that shape the land.

Mountain Retreat, southern New Zealand
Design: Fearon Hay Architects
New Zealand Mountain Retreat
photograph : Patrick Reynolds
Mountain Retreat, Southern Lakes
The Southern Lakes of New Zealand are internationally known for soaring mountains – hill country with alpine lakes. This is one of the most diverse and beautiful regions in New Zealand with breathtaking scenery.

Novotel Hotel Auckland International
Architect: Warren and Mahoney
New Zealand Hotel Building
photo © Simon Devitt
Novotel Hotel Auckland International Airport
The brief for ACCOR Hospitality’s new twelve level, 4 star, 263-key Novotel hotel at Auckland International Airport called for a significant new landmark with an unmistakably ‘New Zealand’ identity.

Omaha Beach House
Design: Daniel Marshall Architect
Omaha Beach House
picture from architect studio
Omaha Beach House

Onehunga Studio
Design: Stevens Lawson Architects
Onehunga Studio v
image © Mark Smith
Onehunga Studio

Tamahere House
Design: Stevens Lawson Architects
Tamahere House
photo © Mark Smith
Tamahere House

Te Kaitaka House, Lake Wanaka
Stevens Lawson Architects
Te Kaitaka House
photo © Mark Smith
Te Kaitaka House

Te Mata House, Hawkes Bay, North Island
Stevens Lawson Architects
Te Mata House New Zealand Buildings
photo © Mark Smith
Hawkes Bay House

Te Papa Museum, Wellington

Te Papa Museum building
photo © Adrian Welch
Te Papa Museum building

Waitomo Glowworm Caves Visitor Centre
Design: Architecture Workshop
Waitomo Glowworm Caves New Zealand Buildings
image from FD
Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Westmere House
Stevens Lawson Architects
Westmere House
photo © Mark Smith
Westmere House

Yellow Treehouse Restaurant, Auckland
Design: Pacific Environments Architects Ltd
Yellow Treehouse New Zealand Buildings
photo : Lucy Gauntlett
Yellow Treehouse Restaurant

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Nelson Marlborough Architecture Awards
Apple Bay House
image from NZIA

Auckland Architecture Awards
8 Canada Street
picture from NZIA

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