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Pacific Environments is committed to architectural design excellence in creating inspiring, ‘fit for purpose’ built environment solutions for our clients. Sustainability, lifestyle and the creation of enduring investment value is core to our design philosophy.



The Matakana House and guest house are located on a prominent headland location that offers unsurpassed gulf and harbour views to Kawau Island and beyond. In the main house two pavilions (living and sleeping) are constructed from concrete, steel and glass, and open out onto the rugged Matakana coastline. The original family summer cottage relocated to next door made way for a special new campsite - conceptual ‘tents’, formed as connected pavilions. Inspired by; and embodying intergenerational memories - the essence of long summer holidays, activities, collections, connections and stories. Recognising the past, living the present, embracing the promise of dreams.


The materials used in the construction reflect the New Zealand environment with sliding glass doors enhance the spaces for opening up, experiencing, connecting. There’s no holding back, just feeling what is - sea breezes, reflections and sea-change personalities, moonlight and sun; whilst being secure from storms. Polished concrete aggregates, texture and patterning – contrasting, solidity and enduring. Neutral interiors provide an inviting backdrop, native timbers salvaged from the seashore, eclectic collections personalising and connecting to the heart. Splashes of red – from New Zealand’s native pacific pohutukawa tree – represents the Christmas flower of joy and celebration - a client favourite.


Originally briefed as a weekend retreat, the energy of the home has enticed the owners to move in permanently. Happy holidays!