Island Complex

On an island in the Bay of Islands, four separate buildings discretely occupy an east-facing bay. The houses are light pavilions which promote the concept of 'roof' as the predominant element of shelter. The monopitch roofs float above and beyond the spaces, supported on exo-skeletal structures beautifully detailed in wood. Exterior walls are taut joinery frames, offering minimal interruption between inside and out. The boatshed is totally underground, to reduce the visual built form in the bay, with the guesthouse above.

The house has frequently been published internationally and has achieved what the Monument journal from Australia described as near 'mythic status'.


  • NZ Institute of Architects Regional Award 2000
  • Tasman Small Practice Award 1999
  • NZ Institute of Architects Northern Regional Award 1999
  • NZ Home and Building/Citroen 'Home of the Year' 1998
  • NZ Institute of Architects Branch Award 1998
  • NZ Institute of Architects 10 Best Buildings Award 1997