New New Zealand: 6 Urban Retreats for the City-Slicking Kiwi

While New Zealand is primarily known in the Northern Hemisphere as the majestic locale of the “Lord of the Rings” films, its striking landscapes aren’t the only sites worth settling. The biggest Kiwi cities — Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin — offer their own slew of urban living solutions. These six private residences, designed by Kiwi architects, and on small urban footprints, expose the diversity of contemporary housing down under. From Turrell-esque skylights to curtain-walled staircases, the homes pictured use their architecture to frame a different — more populous and less Hobbiton — New Zealand. Truss House by Sayes Studio, Auckland, New Zealand This 2014 Auckland home by Sayes Studio was designed for the principal architect himself. Built on a small site and budget, this modest Auckland home chose to celebrate its framework rather than conceal. The large trusses are considered as character elements, as are the many other simple pockets of the home. The deep window seats, backyard “hill” and metallic window blinds all contribute to this slice of urban serenity. ...
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