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We are open for business ONLINE!

Aonui Architecture has opened two “branch offices”! In response to the Covid-19 lockdown Aonui Architecture staff are working remotely from homes in Pukerua Bay and Mt Cook, in addition to our Wadestown Solar Home base. Please contact us on the usual media – email, phone , and Facebook. We wish all our clients the best

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Aonui is working with Conqa!

Aonui is working with Conqa! Aonui is enjoying working with Conqa creating a simplified pathway for gaining building consents for our Te Whare-iti off-site manufactured houses. Stuff article of 6/2/2020 reported on this Kiwi tech company on a growth path in the Australasian construction industry. Local company Conqa is one of 12 companies from 180

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Please, have a seat….

New seating and tables designed by Aonui arrived in the Te Whaea atrium last week. The couches are comfy with ample space to sit back, and set with the new plywood tables they look simply great! Thanks for making such a great job Matt Hankock – Kadima Furniture – and Matt Whitburm – Whitburn Design

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Wadestown Solar Home turns 15!

Wadestown Solar Home celebrates 15 years of active solar design this month This clip from TV1’s 2003 show ‘Homefront’ tells the story. In it Aonui architect Richard Wright and his wife Judith take us for a tour of their then newly built family home, which now includes the offices of Aonui Architecture. 15 years on

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Saddle Hill House published in Sanctuary Magazine

Saddle Hill house features in latest issue of Australasian magazine Sanctuary – Modern green homes (No. 42, 2018). Richard and Anya describe the house as having even warmth and coolness, rather than it being isolated to certain spaces or varying over planes of a room. “Because of the design of the house and our low

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Multi-generational housing

Unlike the family featured here, Aonui clients with the same multi-generation structure deliberately sought to build and share a single nine bedroom home for traditional cultural reasons rather than through economic necessity.

Finding a value for sunshine

A study released by Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust is the first research anywhere in the world to specifically evaluate the value buyers place on the sunshine hours received by different property. This puts some numbers on what we have been saying to clients for years – not so much the cost of

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Aonui wins at Wellington Architecture Awards 2016!

Aonui won at the recent 2016 Architecture Awards in the ‘Small Project’ category with a design for an Artist’s Studio. Martinborough Artist Studio.   The judges gave the following description: “The sloping roof line and corrugated aluminium cladding of this very charming artist studio and sleepout give just a hint of farm vernacular. Within the box, plywood

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Dominion Post profile of Richard Wright, architect

“Smart solutions the Wright way” says Dominion Post, 7 March 2015. Wellington’s Richard Wright is an entrepreneur, environmentalist and inventor as much as an architect and after 30 years in the industry he continues to push the boundaries of innovation when it comes to building houses. Jill Wild explains, in an architect profile. Richard Wright

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Stuff House of the Week: Central Otago

Have a look at the latest Stuff House of the Week, hope you like it as much as we do! One couple’s quest to “live lightly on the land” led to them creating the ultimate retreat – an environmentally friendly eco-home built right into nature. After downing tools to sail the world some years ago,

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Pirie St townhouse

Windows are about to go in at Pirie St! Looking forward to seeing the scaffolding come down in the next month so that we can see the latest addition to the neighbourhood.  

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Saddle Hill house

High on “Saddle Hill” above Tawa, this active solar house is rapidly taking shape. Roof due next week. See more about Saddle Hill house