A white stone house on a blue lagoon.

Carefully designed for Mr. and Mrs. Brown.


White Lagoon House

A stone house at the water's edge.

Project Description

Positioned on the edge of sand spit, and across the road from the local public boat ramp this home is conceived of as an assemblage of forms arranged by the incoming and outgoing tides. The forms rise up to the sun on the northern side of the property and open out to the water on the southern side. Exterior spaces coalesce around the edges of these forms, forming a series of decks and courtyards that allow the exterior to be usable most of the year round.

Project Details

  • Client

    Mr and Mrs Brown

  • Location

    Whitianga, Coromandel, New Zealand

  • Category



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.


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