Our earliest project, The Wamaka Buildings and Wilkinson House, its sibling just a few doors away, are an exciting, elegant take on Aotearoa art deco. 

The two buildings of Wamaka combine symmetry, simplicity and classic lines unify old school aesthetics with a 21st century Auckland edge.

Finished in 2012, long before the 2015 Auckland Unitary Plan was consecrated, Wamaka – the name an amalgamation of the three original owners – show what can be done on a modest suburban section, creating ten 2-bedroom units in the space a single residential house would usually occupy. The considered way the two building’s footprints are arranged leaves ample space for a common lawn area, the green grass crisply contrasting with the Wamaka’s white breeze block exteriors.

These breeze blocks are one of Wamaka’s most distinguishing features. A standard of mid-century modern design, the humble breeze block evokes balmy subtropical weather, beach holiday accommodation, and simpler times. In recent years it has become prized for its nostalgia value and neat patterning effect, which can be seen at play in the square-in-square breeze blocks set along the balconies and stairwells at Wamaka.

The hollows in the breeze blocks, as well as being decoratively thrilling, allows for light to filter unobtrusively onto the balconies and down the stairs while still shielding them with privacy. When the sun is at the right bright angle, the square outlines are reprinted in shadow on the interiors. In retrospect, Wamaka could be considered an antecedent of Ockham’s love affair with brick forms and subtle pattern repetitions.

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Joining up the eastern neighbourhoods of Remuera, One Tree Hill, Mt Wellington and Green Lane, Ellerslie is famous to most Aucklanders for its racecourse. 

It’s also known more nichely for the Ellerslie Meteorite that crashed through the roof of a local family's home on 12 June 2004.  

We may never know why the meteorite chose Ellerslie as the best part of town to touch down, but we imagine it was for the suburb's ready access to public transport and vibrant restaurant scene. And we tip our hats to the Archer family, the startled recipients of the meteorite, who declined a $50,000 offer for the piece of space flotsam and instead opted to donate it to The Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira for all to study.