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'Enabling Housing' legislation sacrifices townscape character

The intent behind this new bill is to increase the availability of residential land and relaxing of rules to enable more new housing within existing neighbourhoods.  The Labour-National cross-party initiative shows the heightened concern that parliament has for the present housing shortage.But the bill as it stands has serious and long-term consequences for our neighbourhoods, towns and cities.Read the full article here....

November 5, 2021

Is it time to re-think the way that we live?

Increasingly, I’m coming to the conclusion that not only is the way that we develop land an inefficient use of space, it’s also bad for us. To start with some context, let’s consider how the way that we build houses has changed, particularly since the 1960s and ‘70s, the heyday of the quarter acre dream.  Kiwi have long preferred detached housing.  I suspect this is largely because of an abundance of land to develop, though the fact that a lot of our population growth...

September 15, 2021

Is a house just a roof over our head?

Or can it be more, a creative reflection of who we are? I was led to ponder this question by a comment made recently by Brad Olsen, principal economist and director of Infometrics, as part of a presentation to the Waipa District Council.  In response to a question about the performance of NZ’s economy, Brad discussed our nation’s productivity record and went on to say “Why does every New Zealander need a completely bespoke home that’s different – in every way, shape and form ...

September 14, 2021

A Lifetime Ago

A lifetime ago as a young architect I had the fortune to work with a small practice in Cambridge, UK. Much of the practice’s work was for the colleges, departments and institutes associated with the University of Cambridge.  It was a delightful time working amongst – and with – some great people and some important architecture. One of the most notable characteristics of Cambridge is the sense of an intimate small-scale town, despite Cambridge being a city of some 150,000 peo...

August 17, 2021

Time for a Garden Place coalition

When I walk through Garden Place, an irksome feeling resurrects in me that somehow Garden Place seems incomplete, unresolved, and even unsure of itself, awaiting another political kickstart of courage to edge closer to an – as yet – undefined completion. Some of the irk is that there are way too few exciting shops or eateries at its perimeter to draw me in, nor a pavement-wide set of diners at tables.  Some irk is that there is no sense of anticipation or delight on arriving at Gar...

July 16, 2021

Boldness will reap rewards

Hamilton City Council recently adopted their 2021-2051 Central City Transformation Plan, a refresh of an earlier plan set in 2015. The plan looks to put in place projects and strategies over the next 30 years to make the city centre attractive for investment and a better place to work and live. The plan is restricted to strategies that are immediately available to council; therefore transport and roading, streetscaping, park and reserves enhancements, and District Plan and Long-Term Plan change...

June 22, 2021

Pencarrow House Feature

Our Pencarrow House project has been featured by Here Magazine and Altherm.  Architect Geoff Lentz was interviewed for the feature, you can see the full story with video and podcast on the Altherm website....

June 22, 2021

Waikato Business News - A new column

In his new regular column in the Waikato Business News, PAUA Director and Principal Architect Antanas Procuta discusses the value of sustainability and community, a topic more relevant than ever in the time of Covid-19.You can read the full article here. ...

April 12, 2021

Understanding the Design and Construction Process

When you are considering a building project, whether a new build or an alteration, one of the most important things you can do is to develop a good understanding of the process. A building project is a major investment, and learning more about the process can make it a lot less daunting. Additionally, a sound understanding of the design and construction process will make your building project more enjoyable, and will ultimately result in better outcomes for you from both a budget and design qual...

January 13, 2021

New Project Videos

PAUA Architects is very excited to launch two new project videos, of our Rotokauri Hilltop House and Aotea Bach.Each of these videos give an insight into the way we work with clients to realise their ambitions and dreams and create unique designs that reflect both the people and place.As Geoff describes, "when you've spent that amount of detailed time, that gives you the most satisfaction and pleasure as an architect... when you can see that the overall does work incredibly w...

January 11, 2021

Hukanui Primary School Enviroclassroom wins LENZ Award

PAUA Architects is delighted that the Hukanui Primary School ‘Garden to Table’ Enviroclassroom has won a Learning Environments New Zealand (LENZ) Award. PAUA worked with the students of the school's enviro-elective and their teacher, Michelle White, to develop a brief and a design for the new building, called the ‘Living Room Kitchen’. The award citation reads "This project reveals the worth in pursuing solid student engagement throughout an entire design, research and build phase. The b...

December 4, 2020

The Meteor Theatre - A Play

The Scene: It is the early 2000s, Hamilton, New Zealand. There is a talent exodus from the city due to a lack of jobs. There is scant interest in the main remaining building of the former Innes Bottling factory still standing on the north-western corner of Victoria and Bridge Streets, an entrance to Hamilton’s CBD. Architecturally, the moderne era visage of the five decade old building by Hamilton architect, Aubrey de Lisle, deserves to be celebrated, much more than the dilapidated and faded...

October 30, 2020

Smart and Sustainable

Words by Sonia Fursdon and Mark Mawdsley.  Photos by Geoff Lentz and Murray Shaw....

September 28, 2020

Heritage Restoration

St Mary’s Convent Chapel in Hamilton East was constructed for the Catholic Diocese in 1926, and designed by locally-born architect John E Chitty. The Chapel is not only precious to the Diocese and the Catholic community, but is also a Category 2 Heritage NZ listed building, and a Category A heritage item in the Hamilton City District Plan. Despite official heritage status, until recently the Chapel was relatively unappreciated by the general Hamilton public, who are more familiar with the muc...

August 19, 2020

NZ Clean Energy Centre

The NZ Clean Energy Centre at Taupo commenced as an invited design competition, with a brief for a sustainable, iconic building as a research and innovation hub, showcasing the clean energy technologies available in the central plateau area, including geothermal, hydro-electric, wind, and bio-fuel-based power. The Clean Energy Centre was proposed as the first stage of technology park and tertiary education campus. The design incorporated an array of strategies and technologies, including photovo...

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