Parnell, Auckland

Parnell Villa

A railway worker's cottage

is refurbished and extended for a new generation.


Parnell Villa

Project Description

This classic bay villa on a compact Parnell site was enlarged and spatially reconfigured for a young family. The new house provides an open plan living space within a rear addition connected to the garden. The skillion roof form of the extension, evolved from the 'lean to', provides natural light and views of the sky, while ensuring privacy is not compromised. Through sliding glass doors, the garden is incorporated into the new living space, maximising the inhabitants perception of available space. Within the plan of the original villa, bedroom and bathroom spaces and were redistributed. A new staircase leads down to utility spaces, double garaging and an additional bedroom suite.

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    Parnell, Auckland

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about us


Waterfall Gunns Lowe Architects Ltd. was formed in 2011, and is the amalgamation of the talents and skills of Matthew Waterfall, Hamish Gunns and Kit Lowe. We run a small studio at the edge of the harbour in Auckland, New Zealand. We are committed to delivering intelligently conceived and well executed projects.

Design Philosophy

We look to the particularities of each project, its program, budget, physical and cultural contexts, to identify the most important issues to which the architecture responds. We bring a public mindedness to the work, with each project considered within its broader contemporary environment, its impact on the public domain, sustainability, infrastructure and landscape.


We are fortunate enough to have received a number of National awards, which is always humbling.

Subalpino, Shanghai.

Best Design Awards - Gold

The Sub, Auckland.

Best Design Awards - Gold

NZ Wood Timber Design Awards - Interior Fitout

NZ Wood Timber Design Awards - Sustainabilty


We are a NZIA Practice, and are Registered Architects.


+64 9 3663933

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