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The Art of Sketching: Use of Sketches to Convey an idea for a Community Centre

We were approached by a client about his community's ideas for a new recreation and administration centre in North Waikato. This sketch was our interpretation of a complex that would provide a contemporary and flexible hub for local activity. The concept reflected the area's history & development as a busy portage that had served pioneer farming and flax growing agriculture activities.  The contemporary gathering place would reflect the communities past in its media projecting glazed panels...

August 14, 2019

New Old

Recently completed in the Waikato, this Precast Panel project is a weekender for our clients. An invitation to MRA to design a Precast Panel Weekender, the fourth project for a client family group was a welcome opportunity to work again collaboratively with talented and knowledgeable clients on a shared vision. Compact accommodation, with country living spaces and a committed workshop garage, the design 'imagines' conversion of an early rural building. Precast Panels have a creosote ‘aged...

July 30, 2019

hAPPy Times at MRA

Apps are increasingly providing new ways of connecting and organising our lives, at work as well as at play.  At MRA we've been exploring Apps (applications) to see which ones offer our clients an increased interactive experience as their project proceeds.For about 3 years we have used Dropbox to transfer large files - a must with our hand drawn Plans which we produce in PDF format. This allows us to invite subcontractors and suppliers into the process - although we've learned that sometime...

February 18, 2019

Enduring Wow Factor - Concrete Masonry

Clients often, understandably, question the value of using an architectural design service when contemplating a residential project. In the article linked below we were able to receive feedback about MRA's design choices and recommendations 10 years after the plans were finished. The brief was for a hard-wearing, simple design with a contemporary look that was suitable for normal family living. When the property was marketed 10 years later, the agent - and many of the viewers remarked on th...

February 7, 2019

Indulging all the Senses

It's been 15 years since this home was on the drawing board at MRA. The home sold in August 2015. Part of the marketing presentation by the selling agent Barfoots was this video which allows you to see many of the features that the home offers....

December 18, 2018

Looking back

Arts & Craft Style Its always interesting to see homes a few years after construction is complete and observing how they have settled into their neighbourhood. This commission from 2010/11 was on a very steep Eastern Suburbs site, so working with the contours was a given. The upside was that breaking up the bulk of the home allowed it to politely nod toward other forms from the Kohimarama/Mission Bay built environment and seaside/arts & craft style dating from the early 20th century. This p...

July 23, 2018

Timeless Design Aesthetics & Accessories

Timeless design is an underlying aspect to all of our Residential projects. We aim to provide our Clients with design aesthetic and functionality that looks and performs as well decades on, as it does on day one. Former clients will smile when they hear that the MRA colour pallet remains unchanged 17 years after MRA Limited was formed. Black & White solid forms with neutral finishes in aluminium or Silver Pearl powder coating. Although you will see variations on a theme the MRA aesthetic has rem...

September 11, 2017

Remembering Claude - Claude Megson Studio Master

Every now and again, the real estate section of the paper, or Trade Me, has some architectural gems featured. Very rarely a Claude Megson design comes onto the market. When one does its a real treat. Recently, Claude's second ever commission (from the 1960's) the Jopling House built in Cliff Rd, St Heliers, has been offered for sale. I viewed the photos (reproduced here from Trade Me and Ray White's selection) and reminded myself about how influential Claude Megson was on NZ architecture in the...

May 19, 2017

Nothing but Concrete

A Planning & Design Challenge At the time of designing this home in 2001 a town planning change had been enacted to protect Auckland's heritage zone. Our client wanted a modern home made of concrete, non-coloured concrete inside & out. Right up our street, but in the inner Auckland suburb street this site bordered rows of wooden villas and on the other side, the rear of Auckland's Jervois Road shops which were constructed from red brick. There was a clear expectation for the new residen...

April 12, 2017


A 2010 commission for a developer on an inner-city suburb was bought by a family looking for a home that would suit their teenage family, and provide a shorter commute to the city. Construction featured 2 building material systems Nu-Wall Aluminium Weatherboard & Ambionse Insulated Concrete Formwork that met the client brief for materials that would provide superior and durable performance Our Design was featured in the Aug/Sept 2011 Homestyle Magazine...

March 20, 2017

Privacy at the Beach

This 2012 commission Beach House turned its back on the expected view orientation and instead orients its living areas in the opposite direction, politely turning its back to the street and roofs which lie between the home and the busy beach front. Instead the brief was to focus on the expansive protected views from the opposite end of the site over a golf course (obscured from direct view by a raised mound) and to an estuary beyond. The result was a peaceful and private place in which to unwin...

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