Follow our journey through the development of the sustainable design features of the Waiheke Library


The art and science of designing buildings

We offer a complete design package from briefing to project completion - site selection and pre-purchase feasibility, concept and the design stages to contact administration.



The design of interior spaces, closely related to architecture. Aiming to produce co-ordinated and harmonious whole in which the architecture, site, function, and visual aspects of the interior are unified. 

We see great value in having our interior design team involved from the outset of an architectural project, as it often leads to a more cohesive 'whole'.




The building process is a minefield of rules, processes, regulations and often contradictory advice.

Our approach is to guide the way while making the process understandable and more enjoyable. We do it together where we tailor the services to suit your needs -especially if it’s your first-time. We recognise the huge investment and the trust that is needed when starting out.


Through our education and experience we have developed necessary skills to provide an overview of the entire building process to steer you through and where necessary know when to get outside help.

We emphasis the value of listening and -really understanding the spatial and budgetary needs, as well as your lifestyle and dreams. 



Pacific Environments’ Interior Designers provide fresh, creative interior design solutions that are both

functional and beautiful.


Working with our architects or directly with clients on individual homes, multi-unit apartments, public buildings

and commercial projects, Pacific Environments Interior Designers provide a professional service down

to the last detail.



Urban design is about designing and shaping cities, towns and places. In contrast to architecture, which focuses on the design of individual buildings, urban design deals with the larger scale of groups of buildings, streets and public spaces, whole neighbourhoods and districts, and entire cities, with the goal of making urban areas functional, attractive, and sustainable. Urban Design is concerned with the interface, or edges, of buildings and the relationship of developments with public space. We advise design strategy and principles for subdivisions, in liaison with surveyors and engineers.


We have a Registered Architect Director with a Post Graduate Master of Urban Design degree, qualifying him to give evidence at Planning Hearings and the Environment Court. Additional to this we have a Registered Architect Associate currently studying for her Masters of Urban Design degree.



Pacific Environments (PENZL) are recognized as one of the leading architectural practices in New Zealand in the field of environmentally sustainable and environmentally regenerative design. Their philosophy is in the practical and appropriate application of ESD to suit a project brief and budget.

Sustainable design and development is maintaining a delicate balance between the human need to improve lifestyles and feeling of well-being, and preserving the natural resources and ecosystems on which we, and future generations, will depend.



Master planning is similar to urban design but usually involves the placement and relationship of buildings within a single site. These buildings are placed to create a functioning social places based on principles of sustainable design and liveability.


CPTED (crime prevention through environmental design) principles are used to ensure safe places are created. We have several staff trained in CPTED.   



Homestar is a comprehensive, independent national rating tool, run by the not-for-profit New Zealand Green Building Council, that measures the health, warmth and efficiency of New Zealand houses.

Homestar provides a clear framework for housing sustainability and performance and aims to create homes that are healthier and more efficient than much of New Zealand’s existing housing stock.

Pacific Environments is committed to architectural design excellence, 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.

Pacific Environments NZ Ltd is a bespoke architectural studio with a long history. We have considerable experience in the design of buildings and spaces in the areas we live, work, learn and play. Be it an education facility, community centre, sport facility, retirement village, residential housing or commercial fit-out.

Our diverse portfolio finds us working on a collection of different designs, from small to large scale, mixed budget and mixed uses, renovations and alterations to new developments. We find our work challenging, interesting and enjoyable.

Our positive, energetic and hands on approach, along with our focus on understanding our clients needs, means that we deliver real tailored solutions, not generic answers, in a fun-filled process.

 "The design was unique and innovative but practical, and has provided, I believe, a great solution to our needs as well as an asset to the City. It has been a real pleasure to work with you and I've felt like the project has run smoothly throughout, thanks to your technical expertise and friendly approachable nature. Thank you".  

Angela Levet, Parks Project Co-ordinator, North Shore City Council

"Both of us wanted to express our thanks for all your work on the redevelopment of Te Puke o Tara. The transformation is fantastic and not many who visit the centre will be aware of the extent of the change and the work that has gone into it.

As always it was a pleasure to work with you both. You were always willing to listen and take on board what was being suggested and really captured the community aspirations and our intent for it.

Jody and Peter, Auckland Council

Pacific Environments "are very practised at listening to a  school's requirements and philosophy and ensuring that it is incorporated into design. As a consequence these buildings work very well. They remain my first choice of architectural consultant".

Allan Peachey, former Principal of Rangitoto College

 "A lyrical response to the idea of a timber library building, and a robust yet visually appealing statement...This is clear and subtle architecture enjoyable at many levels, from the spatial manipulation of the timber roof trusses, to the symbolism of the inclined roof support columns, fine detailing and craft work in the exterior timber screen." 

Judges comments 

NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Awards

 "We have no hesitations in recommending them for projects where innovative sustainable solutions are required".  

Suresh Nagaiya & Alan Tresadern, Special Project Engineer and Manager, Waitakere City Council

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Level 2, 6 Basque Rd

Eden Terrace


Some parking available in marked carparks in basement.

Basque Road is a tricky, steep street. Make sure you come at it from Dundonald St/

New North Rd/Symonds St, and not from Exmouth St

PO Box 8807 Symonds St

Auckland 1150

+64 9 308 0070

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by appointment only

16 Mill Lane


Waiheke Island 

by appointment only

+64 9 425 9200

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We take your privacy very seriously and will not pass your contact details on to any third party.

Pacific Environments is committed to architectural design excellence, 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.

Pacific Environments NZ Ltd

PO Box 8807, Symonds St, Auckland

L2 6 Basque Rd, Eden Terrace, Auckland

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