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November 26, 2013
From a remote and sustainable beach house, to a compact prefab vacation home, to an affordable hillside abode, we add three new stunning residences to our previously explored topic, New Zealand Goes Modern.

Three designers jump-start their practice with an affordably built abode in New Zealand. A promenade, playfully dubbed “the wharf,” offers a spot to catch morning rays. Photo by Paul McCredie.

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Rookie firm Patch Work Architecture used locally sourced Lawson cypress to clad the exterior of a 970-square-foot house in New Zealand. Vibrant painted accents contrast with the otherwise neutral structure. Steel trusses, painted in a blue hue called Lochmara from Resene, are visible through the fiberglass panels on the veranda. Photo by Paul McCredie.

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The second-story viewing platform was born from an onsite discovery. After framing the first level, Patch Work Architecture noticed a vista to the west and decided to add a window. Photo by Paul McCredie.

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Two doctors wanted their typical New Zealand home to function as simply as it looks. Remoteness is both the challenge and defining feature of the house: There is no electricity, water, or sewage main on the island. Their home is essentially a high-functioning cabin. Photo by Simon Devitt.

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A New Zealand family taps into the creative capital of architecture students to make their dream home a reality. A compact prefab vacation home in the seaside community of Onemana Beach is clad in plywood and vertical timber battens finished in Resene’s Lumbersider paint in Foam. Photo by Simon Devitt.

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Sliding glass doors made from Viridian’s ComfortPlus glass and yellow cedar wood lead to decks flanking the kitchen and dining room. Photo by Simon Devitt.

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The topography proved challenging so the designers elevated the house on piers. Photo by Simon Devitt.

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Three designers jump-start their practice with an affordably built abode in New Zealand. A promenade, playfully dubbed “the wharf,” offers a spot to catch morning rays. Photo by Paul McCredie.

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