NWA Residential Architecture Design Projects

Parkmore Project


This 8 unit maisonette block has a combination of one and two bedroom units, and 3 types in all. We juggled courtyards, lofts and studio apartments over 3 levels with a high level of services including integrated rainwater harvesting, solar water heating and allowance for PV enhancement. There is a mix of the traditional and contemporary through both materials and forms.


The Valley Road

2014 - 2017

This heritage house renovation cut back years of additions and added a modern component to the home. The larger additions draw on the original in massing and material and are made distinct and legible by junctions that are more contemporary planar buffer elements.

Gale Road

2004 - 2006

The project is located at an interesting nexus between a very leafy suburban area (Westcliff), more recent corporate buildings (Empire Road) and older industrial buildings (the Gasworks, the old Richmond Steam Laundry - now destroyed). This, together with the fact that we were adding to an existing building on a layered landscape, made the notion of collage a useful conceptual driver.





The brief was for a shelter in the garden, something that breathes, amongst the trees. The north side takes on the scale of the garden and suburb, whilst the south faces out over the ridge to the city and opens up correspondingly. The structure draws on intrinsic elements of the original house including its form, but remains contemporary. A panoramic walkway stretches out over a pergola structure with a gym below.

Additionally, we introduced a new loft room without impacting the Baker roof externally and subtly reworked internal planning to make a more functional, comfortable family home.

Kerry Road

2004 - 2007

The existing house is a very pretty traditional Parkview home, but is quite small. The brief here was to build a much more contemporary new pavilion of off-shutter concrete to house guest suite, library, study and domestic staff.

The challenge was to take what could be generic international acontextual elements and make them belong to this site, this street, this city. This is done through scale, through responding to imperfect processes as they happen and combining the concrete with rammed earth from the site.


Crescent Drive - Westcliff

2012 - 2014


The heart of this Westcliff heritage home is in the entertainment areas. The kitchen was relocated northwards next to living areas and new veranda, creating a consolidated living space with strong new links to the garden. The volumes are expressive and playful with clerestory light filtering into the bedrooms and living areas to create a warm and light feeling throughout the home.

Galway Road


Through a succession of disparate extensions and inefficient planning, this Parkview house was made up of wasted spaces and had an unbalanced distribution of living and sleeping spaces.

This, as well as multiple level changes and a multitude of different materials and finishes, gave the house a complicated feel. We tried to simplify it as much as possible using more balanced space planning and a concise palette of materials. The aesthetic goal was an elegant apartment-style family home.



2014 - 2016


The original brief for the project was to convert a large stand in the verdant suburb of Oaklands into three subdivided stands with very individual needs that could work together coherently across the site. The houses were designed with all the luxuries of modern, upmarket homes in mind and tailored very carefully to the needs of each family.

Client requirements were for clean lines, full height glazing, and open plan living. Within this we focused on balancing large, open plan living with a variety of scales to create intimate, homely, more human spaces.

Campbell Road

2005 - 2006

A Herbert baker home which required contemporary upgrades. This was achieved by introducing new program uses through layers of outbuildings that respond to terraces of landscape.

Hierarchy was very important especially with regards to the heritage elements of the house. This was maintained by responding and or preserving the ridgelines and eaves, and through careful choices of materials and planting.


The difference between good and bad architecture is the time you spend on it.

—David Chipperfield