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A man of many amenities

A man of many amenities

Hundertwasser, the Austrian architect who lived out his last years in New Zealand and designed the famous toilets in Kawakawa, also left his mark in the curving lines of Bad Blumau, a spa…

In Chicago Beach did Fletcher a stately pleasure dome build

In Chicago Beach did Fletcher a stately pleasure dome build

Fletcher Construction was the managing partner in the construction of the world’s tallest hotel, the hyper-luxury Burj Al Arab Hotel in the United Arab Emirates. The facade, designed like a giant sail represents an…

Domestic round

Domestic round

Kiwi ingenuity presents the solution to your sunlight problems: turn the house around! Don Dunick spent fifteen years designing and building the world’s first fully revolving house.

Ian Athfield: last of the intelligent bohemians

Ian Athfield: last of the intelligent bohemians

As if the rugby wasn’t enough: renowned Australian playwright Alex Buzo advances our architect fair, calling Athfield a member “of a species now extinct in Australia, the intelligent bohemian.” Getting all postmodern about phonebooks,…

Elemental Design Lets House Take Care of Itself

Elemental Design Lets House Take Care of Itself

Professor Brenda Vale and Dr Robert Vale of the Sustainable Design Centre Research Centre at the University of Auckland, use The Times to forward their manifesto for environmentally friendly housing design. Their ‘Autonomous House’…

Kiwi designed green house for the good life 2000

Kiwi designed green house for the good life 2000

Brenda and Robert Vale, from Auckland University, have designed what has become known as the Autonomous House. Producing its own electricity and suppling its own water, it is the realisation of their design manifesto…

Artist and Architect with a Childlike Love of Embellishment

Artist and Architect with a Childlike Love of Embellishment

The straight lines of modern architecture particularly incensed him.

Small town toilet with big flushing power

Small town toilet with big flushing power

Kawakawa, New Zealand: flushing the toilet has forever changed in this tiny township as hundreds of tourists flood in – to go to perhaps the most triumphant public loo in all the world. A…

New Zealand architect  designs gastronomic gateway to newly re-opened Centre Pomidou

New Zealand architect  designs gastronomic gateway to newly re-opened Centre Pomidou

When the  Pompidou Centre in Paris was closed for two years for a refit, a competition was held to design the Centre’s restaurant. Beating entries from the elite of European architecture, the prize went…