Our current major project. Working towards the Living Building Challenge, creating a home that embraces the elements, with minimal environmental impact.
Poles in. Next step the beams.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
The two-storey Terrace house at Earthsong contains 3 dwellings built from a rammed earth base with a timber top.
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.