HERE Open Home Wellington

As the price of both building and land rises in our cities, there’s an interconnected need for density – of all types. Often, that’s taken to mean wholesale demolition. But as the examples on our next Open Home tour show, creating extra housing in existing suburbs can often be more subtle than that.‍In Island Bay, we’re visiting the home of Beth and Jae Warrander, from Makers of Architecture. Faced with a suburban section and a large brick bungalow, they demolished the house and subdivided the land in two. After designing a dwelling for the other site, they created a two-house compound for themselves – an airy, elegant one to live in, and a compact tower for rent. In all, three dwellings where there was one.

‍Across town, architect Craig Burt, of Parsonson Architects, recently finished his own new house (below), perched up a flight of stairs behind his old one – which is now a rental. With sweeping views and interlinking spaces, it turns a steep back garden into a hilltop eyrie.

‍The need for housing aside, both homes are also deeply personal and very lovely. We look forward to showing them off to you.


Beach Forest House by Makers of Architecture; Sar Street House by Craig Burt, Parsonson Architects


Island Bay and Wadestown, Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington


Saturday 4 May, 2024; sessions from 9.30am


$25 (limited numbers!) from open-home-wellington.eventbrite.co.nz

‍Your ticket will give you access to both houses – choose a starting time and house at checkout.

For privacy reasons, we release the addresses the day before – we'll be in touch at 3.30pm on Friday 3 May with address details.


NZIA Festival of Architecture 2019

The Festival of Architecture is an annual series of engaging, enjoyable and almost entirely free events that aim to celebrate and investigate the role of architecture in improving the quality of life in Aotearoa New Zealand’s towns and cities.

Upcoming Events


Open Studio: Makers of Architecture

Friday 20 September 2019
3:00 – 6:00pm
Location: 16 Jessie Street, Level 1, Te Aro, Wellington

Go behind the scenes of architecture studios in Wellington to find out what architects do and how they do it. Each practice will offer their own programme, but you are likely to have the opportunity to view and discuss both completed projects and work in progress, as well as the opportunity to meet the creative minds behind the projects.

Are you thinking of studying architecture, looking to commission an architect, or are you just interested to take a look at what goes on behind the scenes within an architecture studio? Come along, you are most welcome.

This free event is open to all.




Makers Fabrication Factory Tour

Saturday 21 September 2019
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: Gracefield, Lower Hutt
Exact address details provided upon registration

See pre-fabrication in action. Take a tour through the Makers Fabrication factory, the manufacturing component of Makers of Architecture.

Makers of Architecture evolved from a desire to bring the architectural and construction environments closer together, allowing for collaboration and innovation through engaging with technological design efficiencies.

Makers Fabrication has been set up to service the architecture, design and building industry, specialising in digital fabrication and assembly. The workshop tour will show off processes involved in the prefabrication process and some of the CNC machinery that makes it happen.

Limited spaces, registration essential.

Register: www.eventbrite.co.nz


Making Ways: Alternative Architectural Practice in Aotearoa

Motivated by the urgency of the challenges we all now face – environmental, social and economic – young architects in Aotearoa are inventing new forms of practice. These moves respond to a range of overlapping factors that draw practices in different directions and see them developing new and alternative ways of making architecture.

Making Ways takes the format of a staged, live ‘rolling event’, bringing together four practices that have emerged in Aotearoa in response to this context. Shaping their ways of making architecture by charting a new course through these concerns, each practice has developed a week-long project that brings to life aspects of their practice. Sequentially inhabiting the gallery, Objectspace is recast as a hybrid studio, laboratory and wānanga as Making Ways includes lectures, slide shows, interviews, workshops and other evolving live events. Come and join a conversation about ways of making architecture now and into the future.

Learn more about the event: www.objectspace.org.nz

Exhibition Date and Times
Saturday 14 September – Saturday 12 October 2019
Tuesday – Friday, 10:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday & Sunday, 10:00am – 4:00pm

13 Rose Road
Ponsonby, Auckland


Fast Forward Breakfast Series hosted by Objectspace
Makers – Interview

Wednesday 2 October 2019, 8:00am – 9:30am (doors open 7:45am)

FFWD (Fast Forward) is the University of Auckland School of Architecture and Planning’s public lecture series. For Making Ways Objectspace is hosting a series of FFWD breakfast interviews. On 2 October, Making Ways exhibiting practice Makers of Architecture is joined in the gallery by another practice and an interviewer to explore new and alternative ways of making architecture.

Complimentary pastries and Allpress Espresso will be available from 7.45am.

Free Event

13 Rose Road
Ponsonby, Auckland

Register: www.eventbrite.co.nz