Our Projects

Recent Projects

Rammed Earth and Supercrete® Eco Home
Northfacing sunroom stores heat in the concrete slab floor for later release.
Rammed earth walls in the pantry create a stable environment for food storage
Rammed earth and natural timbers with nontoxic finishes create a peaceful nurturing environment.
Lightweight timber and rammed earth
Double glazed joinery lets in light and creates connection with the outdoor environment without loss of heat.
Wood burner with oven provides cooking power, radiant heat and warms the in floor heating system.
Deep verandas provide shelter, shade from the summer sun and extend the indoor living environment to the outdoors.
Natural fabrics and furnishings enhance the restful space created by nontoxic paints and timber.

Current Projects

Tanglewood

Our current major project. Working towards the Living Building Challenge, creating a home that embraces the elements, with minimal environmental impact.

The east side greets the sun one winter's morning. The Sioo:x coated Abodo cladding will weather off evenly to a natural grey, protected from the elements without the use of harsher copper, chrome or arsenic treatments. https://www.abodo.co.nz/resource/Downloads/Sioox-brochure.pdf
Spectacular views from the open plan lounge and dining area, and onto the deck. See also one of the timber portals, requiring far less CO2 to manufacture and install than the steel equivalent.
Cedar fascia trims the carport, softening the structural timbers striking shape.
Tight and exposed joins require hand-tools and craftsmanship.

Pakiri

Poles in. Next step the beams.

Out of the ground and into my favourite timber.
Lawsons Cypress joists.
Eucalyptus Pililarus flooring and decking.
Douglas Fir framing. Redwood weatherboards. All untreated.

Early Work

Natural finishes.

Light Weight Timber Framed

This family home was constructed from a light-weight timber frame clad with stone and features internal rammed earth walls. The tiled and timber floors have finishes that are low or non-toxic.


Stone and Plaster House

Considerations in this project were energy consumption and production; electromagnetic fields, wastewater disposal and low toxicity of materials. This home features a B&B.
www.hedingham.co.nz


Earth cottage

This small sized home was designed with self-sufficiency in mind and features a composting toilet for natural waste disposal, a windmill and solar panels for energy production.

It is built from mud bricks utilising straw and earth but no cement. The floor is mud brick also and has been finished with linseed oil.


Quay Park

In 1997 the renowned landscape architect, Ted Smyth, was commissioned by the Ngati Whatua to design a park, located in downtown Auckland near the Old Railway building. We were engaged as the preferred contractors and completed the job on time and budget.

The park features the patterns and designs of the Ngati Whatua and was named Mahuhu ke ti Rangi. The park was then gifted to Auckland City.


Tara Sanctury

The Tara sanctuary, part of Mana Retreat, sits on a Coromandel hillside looking out over the sea. The chapel and bell tower are dedicated to the people of Aotearoa and were designed with sacred geometric dimensions and bio-harmonic principles.

The chapel is clad in local stone and the bell tower is constructed from timber with a stone base and houses three bells. The materials and construction processes chosen will ensure that these buildings will last for many generations.
www.manaretreat.com


Ohui Lodge

Ohui Lodge, a spectacular blend of Mexican-Moroccan style, was built on the Coromandel in 2003.

The large circular house with a separate recording studio and pool wing was constructed from rings of recycled eucalyptus poles with a plaster finish and a succulent roof. In this project the consideration was "think globally act locally, reuse, recycle".


Earthsong

The Earthsong Common House

The Earthsong Common house is the heart of the Earthsong community, it is a place where people can come together and share resources. The Common House includes a large commercial kitchen, dining, laundry, children, teen, guest, and activity areas.

The building features natural timber inside and out, with natural bio paint finishes inside and incorporates the design principles of sustainability.


Earthsong Apartments

Terrace House

The two-storey Terrace house at Earthsong contains 3 dwellings built from a rammed earth base with a timber top.

Fourplex

The Fourplex is a two-storey rammed earth building containing 4 apartments. Both apartment blocks feature natural timber and non-toxic finishes inside and continue to incorporate sustainability in their design.
www.earthsong.org.nz