What I love about working as an architect, is the stark contrast in projects that we’re privileged to work on every day.

Projects that range from the very small to the very large. The micro to the macro…

Contrasting Projects: Residential VS Commercial

A nice little design project for us lately has been the development of a gate for a local Bungalow.

The design celebrated the geometry of the classic Bungalow and reminiscent of some great Architects who were significant in the development of modern architecture. In the case of this project, Carlo Scarpa (Italian Architect 1906 – 1978).

The gate was designed in conjunction with Peter Brammer, who then also constructed the pillars and gate from weathering steel.

It was a pleasure to work with Pete, who was the master craftsman responsible for the construction of the steel Whakawai and Pare on the new Maori Battalion Museum at Waitangi.

Residential: Langs Beach House

Our Langs Beach project is really starting to take shape with a client willing to really push the boundaries of design.

Linings are starting to go on, internally and externally, as the rest of the build is really starting to take shape. The exterior features cedar board and batten cladding, black anodised window joinery and a colour steel roof.

This truely will become an amazing space, with the East side of the building connecting to the deck and landscape while the North side connects out to the wider landscape and the views of the ocean.

Commercial: Salvation Army Auditorium

This building is really starting to take shape with the final finishing details to be completed.

It’s certainly an impressive building with large concrete panels, generous glazing to the street frontage and an extensive canopy over the entry doors.

One you step inside, you’re greeted by painted plywood acoustic panels, plaster board wall linings and fabric covered absorbers.

We’re really looking forward to see this build in it’s final stages.

The Macro: Oruku Landing

An exceptional urban community development, for Northland by Northland.

We are delighted to be part of the team delivering this exciting concept, working in conjunction with Brewer Davidson Architects and Dalman Architects.

The development will center around a Conference and Events Centre, 4 star hotel, public plaza and quality apartments creating spaces for visitors and locals to relax, be entertained and enjoy the best of Northland hospitality

There are certainly some exciting developments around the region, and as a business we’re privileged to contribute to these great projects.

Both large and small.

Grant Harris