Lovers of Architecture

The New Zealand house of the year has recently been announced and it has caused a bit of a fuss.

Eyrie, the twin black cabins by architect Nat Cheshire of Cheshire Architects is a beautiful and thoughtful construction which has a modest carbon footprint. Located just outside of Auckland on an inlet of the Kaipara Harbour the holiday houses are a sight to be seen.

Take a look at this video and see what you think of Eyrie.


Feeling inspired? we have some gorgeous architecture books about designing small houses, here are a couple to check out.


Nano House

Small Architecture Now!







World Architecture Day 2013


World Architecture Day, celebrated on the first Monday of October, was set up by the International Union of Architects (UIA) back in 2005 to “remind the world of its collective responsibility for the future of the human habitat”.  This year World Architecture Day has the theme ‘Culture-Architecture’ and the UIA invites its members to create events that highlight culture as a vital part of the architectural process and illustrate its potential to help resolve the challenges architects face in the practice of their profession.


This celebration is also in conjunction with United Nation’s World Habitat Day. The purpose of World Habitat Day is to reflect on  the state of our towns and cities and the basic right of all to adequate shelter. It is also intended to remind the world that we all have  responsibility to shape the future of our cities and towns.

So plenty of excuses to celebrate the extraordinary capacity of architecture and the social responsibility architects have in the future of our habitat.  So take some time out to have a look at our amazing architecture collection here at the library, for example:

Designed for Habitat Designed for Habitat : collaborations with Habitat for Humanity

The Solar House  The solar house : pioneering sustainable design

Architecture – New resources – March 2012

Click on any title below to view its details in our Primo Library catalogue. If you would like to request any of these, sign in first and then select Request. (Hint: the sign in is in the top right corner once you have clicked on the resource.

For more resources on architecture be sure to visit the subject guide.


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New titles

Hendrikx, D et al. (2011) Belgian architects and their houses

Elkink, A. (2011) Renovate 1970’s

Sedlbauer, K. (2010) Flat roof construction manual : materials, design, applications 

Slessor, C. & Morris, J. (2011) Glass houses : inspirational homes and features in glass

Designing for Christchurch

This week CPIT hosts projects featuring ideas for Christchurch by students of Victoria University’s School of Architecture.The projects will be on display in the Rakaia Atrium at CPIT from December 8 – 16.

These projects are the work of 4th year Architectural Studies Masters students who were in Christchurch earlier this year.

As part of their studio project they worked with selected Architectural practices from Christchurch, Wellington and Melbourne. Some of the project ideas are ‘Gap Fillers’ around the city. All the ideas provide a vision of what could be…..

Designing for Christchurch