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5 best architectural homes for sale in New Zealand

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HOME Magazine editor Simon Farrell-Green picks his favourite architecture currently for sale in the country

5 best architectural homes for sale in New Zealand

Some of New Zealand’s most celebrated architects currently have past work for sale around the country, so we employed the help of HOME Editor Simon Farrell-Green to round up his five top picks. Take a look at these incredible buying opportunities.

1. Home of the Year finalist – Rawene House by Stevens Lawson 

Stevens Lawson Architects have won the Home of the Year award four times, and in that time they have developed a reputation for creating beautifully crafted homes with really fascinating floor plans. This home, which rests upon the harbour’s edge in the Auckland suburb of Westmere, is certainly no exception.

When the building was being designed the owner of this home asked for a place that was “soulful and spiritual”, and he got it. The home is designed for a narrow site, so Stevens Lawson broke up the building – creating courtyards between rooms and allowing views through the building to the harbourside.

The living spaces feature ceilings that rise to lofty peaks and are lined in sustainably harvested Tortola which has been hand sawn to give it a beautiful texture.

Interior designer Katie Lockhart also worked on the project and designed the furniture. It’s all incredibly tranquil and understated with an almost monastic quality – the owner said at the time of completion that the home had “changed his life for the better,” now it is time to pass the baton and let this incredible building change another lucky family’s life too.

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2. Rob Sang – Hauraki Home 

Ron Sang is a registered architect with over 50 years of experience, numerous awards, and hundreds of buildings to his credit. Well known for creating work of incredible clarity, his design of this home located on Auckland’s North Shore lives up to this reputation.

Timber, brown, and surrounded by a subtropical oasis, it is easy to draw clear similarities between this home and his well renowned ‘Brake House’ – which made it onto the ‘best homes for the past eight decades‘ list.

This home is refined and smooth, but still retains a cheerful quirkiness common among his other work.

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3. Cheshire Architects – The Landing 

Named after its unique location, Cheshire Architects ‘The Landing’ is tucked amongst boutique winery The Landing’s established vines. The impressive design enjoys views of the wetland valley and onto Wairoa Bay. It is the ultimate rural escape and an exclusive sanctuary.

The seaward side is designed to soak up both the morning sun and the breathtaking views, with an open planned kitchen. Glass walls disappear behind the stunning stonework to transform the pavilion into an outdoor room, which is a sheltered extension of its natural landscape.

The interiors have been delicately chosen, and the calm aesthetic fits seamlessly alongside the dark wood and stone materials that run throughout.

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4. Paterson Architects – Matakana

This waterfront Paterson design is an opulent yet contemporary home with uncompromised views of the water.  The bold glass and concrete structure is a lesson in stylish design – complete with white furniture and straight lines, this home is perfect for those who love all things modern. The home is an entertainer’s paradise, with a central courtyard that is sheltered from the elements and embraces two separate wings of the house.

The home’s interior fit-out has been thoughtfully considered – and all the details of the home have been completed to the highest quality. The colour scheme creates a slick, contemporary feel with white and grey tones throughout.

The home makes the most of its stunning views with the whole waterfront side of the house being made up predominantly of glass.


The interior walls are made of a stylish mix of both polished concrete and American Oak. This is the ultimate holiday home for those looking for a secluded piece of paradise.

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5. Classic modernist council flat – Freeman’s Bay 

Named as Prime Minister Jacinda Adern’s favourite building, these Freeman’s Bay flats represent an enduring aesthetic and approach to housing design. Built as part of the Freeman’s Bay residential developments which took place in the late 1960s, these flats are renowned for their beautiful designs and lasting architecture. Now predominately privately owned, they offer exceptional inner-living opportunities.

These homes may be small but they feature incredibly clever design, with large kitchens and spaces for the family. This two bedroom home would be ideal for a small family or professional couple – with generous surrounding lawns and outdoor areas.

The home has had some tasteful renovations – but is a rare opportunity to purchase an integral part of New Zealand’s architectural history.

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Words by: Kate Milliken

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