Parnell, Auckland

Parnell Cottage

A railway worker's cottage

is refurbished and extended for a new generation.


Parnell Cottage

Project Description

This existing Parnell railway worker's cottage was situated on a west facing site and in a sensitive heritage zone. The existing cottage was too small for the owner's needs, was poorly oriented to take advantage of sun and outlook, and was in need of a substantial refurbishment Our response was to provide a glazed pavilion on the rear of the site, moving the living spaces to this area to take advantage of the outlook and afternoon sun. A large skylight was added over the kitchen to light the entire space, and to provide a focal point. The addition provides for all the amenity of a contemporary home, while maintaining a sympathetic relationship to the existing cottage, which was fully refurbished

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    Parnell, Auckland

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about us


WATGUNLOW Architects Ltd is the amalgamation of the talents and skills of 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.

Best Design Awards - Gold

The Sub, Auckland.

Best Design Awards - Gold

NZ Wood Timber Design Awards - Interior Fit-out

NZ Wood Timber Design Awards - Sustainability


We are a NZIA Practice, and are Registered Architects.


+64 9 869 5340

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