Westmere House

Westmere House

Set on the edge of the sparkling Waitematā Harbour in Auckland, this family home celebrates the experience from ‘land to sea’. A journey through private, landscaped courtyards and intimate, sun-filled rooms opens to soaring living spaces and expansive water views. Raw concrete, warm cedar and luxurious finishes create a timeless architecture, beautifully attuned to its inhabitants and natural surroundings.

NZ Best Awards - Gold

URBIS - 2014


Westmere House – Video

This dramatic family home is located on Auckland’s beautiful inner harbour. Conceived as a ‘land-to-sea experience’ the movement through space is arranged along a continuous pool that links the dynamic street entrance to the tree-lined harbour beyond. Raw in-situ concrete provides gravitas and permanence while cedar ceilings, oak floors and rich fabrics bring balance and accent to the material palette.

Westmere House – Video

This dramatic family home is located on Auckland’s beautiful inner harbour. Conceived as a ‘land-to-sea experience’ the movement through space is arranged along a continuous pool that links the dynamic street entrance to the tree-lined harbour beyond. Raw in-situ concrete provides gravitas and permanence while cedar ceilings, oak floors and rich fabrics bring balance and accent to the material palette.


Point Chevalier House

Point Chevalier House

A study in the sculptural qualities of concrete, this home finds the optimal balance between openness and protection on the harbour’s edge. Tall concrete fins with deep reveals provide sheltered and private spaces, while large windows amplify the beauty and drama of a spectacular coastal setting. Through careful design and detail, this concrete home provides a feeling of strength and permanence, while fitting discreetly into its surroundings.

URBIS - 2015

CCANZ 2016 House of the Year

Grand Designs NZ - 2017


Point Chevalier – Video

This builder-owned home evolved from the client’s desire to stretch his extensive in-situ concrete skills. The clifftop property sits above an inner city beach with established pohutukawa and palms framing dreamy sunsets. Powerful concrete blades direct views to the bay while standing tall against the challenges of this exposed location. Soaring in-situ forms express a range of textures while light-filled voids and darkened timbers balance the robust composition.

Point Chevalier – Video

This builder-owned home evolved from the client’s desire to stretch his extensive in-situ concrete skills. The clifftop property sits above an inner city beach with established pohutukawa and palms framing dreamy sunsets. Powerful concrete blades direct views to the bay while standing tall against the challenges of this exposed location. Soaring in-situ forms express a range of textures while light-filled voids and darkened timbers balance the robust composition.


Central Otago House

Central Otago House

Surrounded by a majestic alpine landscape, the design brief for this retreat was to ‘let the land speak’. The living pavilion responds to the ridgelines and the sky, while a private suite is partly buried in the hillside to celebrate the spectacular natural environment. Light wing roofs contrast with expressive in-situ concrete, cast like timeless rock strata, to evoke a poetic architecture of place.


insitu

We have a wealth of experience designing homes that showcase the textural richness of in-situ concrete,
– an expressive material at the heart of enduring architecture.


Ponsonby House

Ponsonby House

This nineteenth-century cottage has been transformed into a tranquil urban sanctuary with a sophisticated palette of steel, stone, concrete and cedar. The contemporary addition achieves privacy through careful planting and screening, and openness by detailing the interior and exterior spaces as one. Floor, ceiling and wall surfaces all extend outside, so the new living room overlaps and blends with its private landscaped courtyard.


Coatesville House

Coatesville House

A rural landscape and a collection of contemporary New Zealand art led to a refined gallery-style home. The interior is grounded by textured stone walls that extend outside to form the edge of graceful verandas. Broad, floating roofs provide sheltered spaces and frame the beautifully manicured grounds. Sculpture draws the eye to distant views, celebrating the full extent and scale of the property.

URBIS - 2015


Interview – David Ponting

Architect David Ponting discusses the power of connecting people and place, embracing the brief and the clients’ central role in the design journey.

David leads our New Zealand-based practice from Ponsonby, Auckland. With 30 years’ experience, he brings a broad insight and creative energy to every commission. He is known for bespoke, client-centred architecture and delivering an enjoyable and engaged client experience.

‘The heart of our work is based on a deep understanding of a landscape, and through considered addition of form, tone and texture, we amplify that essence. This is what people connect with – the resonance and the magic of a chosen location.’

To arrange a complimentary studio meeting or Zoom call to discuss your project, please contact David Ponting.

david@pfa.nz or mobile 0064 21 666292

Interview – David Ponting

Architect David Ponting discusses the power of connecting people and place, embracing the brief and the clients’ central role in the design journey.

David leads our New Zealand-based practice from Ponsonby, Auckland. With 30 years’ experience, he brings a broad insight and creative energy to every commission. He is known for bespoke, client-centred architecture and delivering an enjoyable and engaged client experience.

‘The heart of our work is based on a deep understanding of a landscape, and through considered addition of form, tone and texture, we amplify that essence. This is what people connect with – the resonance and the magic of a chosen location.’

To arrange a complimentary studio meeting or Zoom call to discuss your project, please contact David Ponting.

david@pfa.nz or mobile 0064 21 666292


Mt Eden House

Mt Eden House

A light-filled extension has enabled this family to maximise their access and enjoyment of a large and private back yard. The elegant pavilion affords modern, open-plan living, while respecting the existing timber architecture. Volcanic rock excavated from the site is drawn inside to feature in a material palette of in-situ concrete, stone, and rich, warm timbers.

NZ Best Awards - Silver

URBIS - 2016


Ardmore House

Ardmore House

This Contemporary Barn House was designed to reference the character of the long-held family farm while claiming a unique take on future rural vernacular. The in-situ cast gable achieves both ideals in a singular grounded statement with a corrugated relief nodding to history while the balanced form projects a confidence for life ahead. Interiors are pared back yet textural, connecting the quiet pastoral life with a seasoned bush outlook.


Herne Bay Renovation

Herne Bay Renovation

We have brought a subtle and elegant modernist sensibility to this waterfront villa, preserving and celebrating its Victorian features, while carefully introducing exquisite new materials and details. Black and white marbles, smoked timber floors and contemporary fittings bring a whole new level of luxury to the home. Modern planning caters to the clients’ lifestyle and elevates their enjoyment of the beautiful harbour setting.


NEW WORK

NEW WORK

Focused on creating timeless modern designs, we continually look to expand and evolve our practice so that each project is unique to its site and to every client. Enjoy a preview of some of the new projects we are working on from a diverse range of locations around New Zealand.


Interview – Matthew Fitzgerald

Architect Matthew Fitzgerald reveals how the natural world informs his work and how collaboration with his clients adds a personal element to the creative process.

Matt is based in central Colorado, which allows the practice to serve clients anywhere in the US. With 20 years’ experience in high-end residential architecture, he brings a wealth of construction knowledge to every project. He quickly evaluates the financial implications of design options under discussion and performs a crucial creative role in the practice by offering a fresh, critical perspective essential for the full realisation of design concepts.

‘Architecture is the result of the relationships formed with our clients, of really listening to their needs and weaving these requirements into a deep understanding of the landscape they love. It’s a process of creating something together, something special that we all get to enjoy.’

To arrange a complimentary studio meeting or Zoom call please contact Matthew Fitzgerald.

matt@pfa.nz or mobile 001 720 3637951

Interview – Matthew Fitzgerald

Architect Matthew Fitzgerald reveals how the natural world informs his work and how collaboration with his clients adds a personal element to the creative process.

Matt is based in central Colorado, which allows the practice to serve clients anywhere in the US. With 20 years’ experience in high-end residential architecture, he brings a wealth of construction knowledge to every project. He quickly evaluates the financial implications of design options under discussion and performs a crucial creative role in the practice by offering a fresh, critical perspective essential for the full realisation of design concepts.

‘Architecture is the result of the relationships formed with our clients, of really listening to their needs and weaving these requirements into a deep understanding of the landscape they love. It’s a process of creating something together, something special that we all get to enjoy.’

To arrange a complimentary studio meeting or Zoom call please contact Matthew Fitzgerald.

matt@pfa.nz or mobile 001 720 3637951


philosophy

Timeless architecture delights and inspires.
The brave curation of space, light and context becomes a built expression of memory, dreams and achievement.


Remuera Renovation

Remuera Renovation

During the renovation of a classic bungalow, our clients asked us to reimagine the street elevation and take their home beyond the ordinary. The resulting louvre façade is a simple, contemporary response referencing the symmetry of traditional timber architecture. The internal revisions formalised this ceremonial planning right through the home and out into a beautifully landscaped garden. A vaulted living zone with a fireplace at each end reinforces the balanced aesthetic.

NZ Best Awards - Silver

URBIS - 2013


Park House

Park House

The Canterbury plains were our starting point for this refined family home. Sculptural schist walls shape and contain space, reaching out into the landscape as a vertical counterpoint to a perfectly level site. While embracing its rural outlook, much-needed shelter was created in the form of a central swimming pool and courtyard. Floodlit by skylights, this central social space provides constant delight with its dancing water reflections.

URBIS - 2018


The Team

The Team


MADISON MATZ ndat
KATIE SKUDDER-BROLLY m.arch (prof)
JASON van HUENEN b.arch
FRANCES YOUNG registered architect
MATTHEW FITZGERALD registered architect
DAVID PONTING registered architect
JACQUELINE CURREEN b.arch
ANITA THOMAS m.arch
PHILIP BOTTING registered architect
KIRI McKENNA m.arch (prof)


Team – Video

Ponting Fitzgerald Architects is committed to delivering world-class architecture through design and service excellence. Our dedicated team are busy on projects through New Zealand and America, setting the highest standards and achieving results we can all be proud of. Meet our industrious team to see their commitment to realising beautiful architecture.

Team – Video

Ponting Fitzgerald Architects is committed to delivering world-class architecture through design and service excellence. Our dedicated team are busy on projects through New Zealand and America, setting the highest standards and achieving results we can all be proud of. Meet our industrious team to see their commitment to realising beautiful architecture.


Omaha Gallery House

Omaha Gallery House

The concept for this artist’s residence evolved from a strong desire for privacy while maximising sunlight and connection with the garden. Our solution centres on a peaceful courtyard screened by a textured concrete wall. The U-shaped plan contains living spaces and gallery-like corridors filled with art. Wrapped in metal, level one bedrooms form a sculptural counterpoint to the linear concrete wall below.

URBIS - 2014


Highland House

Highland House

This highland plateau house is a climate driven solution, a response to the raw windswept terrain. The magnificent yet formidable context required a solution that embraced the dramatic landscape while anchoring within the elements. Essential shelter is defined through humble, vernacular form, a courtyard framing distant views and the bracken cedar tones in the rugged surrounding slopes.


Takapuna House – Video

This relaxed contemporary home draws on the ideals of the garden bure, a place where you permanently feel on holiday. The exterior contrasts the natural character of stained vertical cedar with clean lined, white plaster finishes. Sunlight floods through large skylights and extensive glazing while refined, textural finishes and layered tropical landscaping weave their holiday-memories spell.

Takapuna House – Video

This relaxed contemporary home draws on the ideals of the garden bure, a place where you permanently feel on holiday. The exterior contrasts the natural character of stained vertical cedar with clean lined, white plaster finishes. Sunlight floods through large skylights and extensive glazing while refined, textural finishes and layered tropical landscaping weave their holiday-memories spell.


CONCEPTS

CONCEPTS

Architecture is driven by both functional and aesthetic desire, with considered creative solutions the goal. The results we achieve are resolved through thorough analysis of the brief and drawn using cutting-edge CAD software. Construction form, material and texture are carefully composed, each expressing clear architectural intent and the deeper ideal of connecting people with place.


ARCHIVES

ARCHIVES

Ponting Fitzgerald Architects has been creating bespoke, client-focused architecture since 2001. These images provide an overview of some of our early projects and express the timeless, contemporary approach we take when designing new homes and sensitive renovations


DETAILS

DETAILS

Exceptional homes are the sum of many parts, all thoroughly considered and carefully composed. At Ponting Fitzgerald we regard detail refinement as pivotal to the success of our work, each moment a concise solution revealing our delight in the little things that make the difference.


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our-process

Our Process

MEET – Step one is a complimentary project review. We listen to your dreams and goals and offer practical ideas on how to achieve them efficiently. Site opportunities, design options and our service range are all discussed, so we can tailor a fee proposal to suit your needs.

MASTERPLAN – At the very start of a project, we visit your site and refine the brief. We obtain relevant property data and assess the budget in relation to requirements and constraints. Deliverables include a formalised brief, target budget analysis and an estimated project timeline. We also prepare the site layout plan, concept floor plans, cross-sectional schematics and preliminary 3D modelling. Our typical Masterplan fee is 0.5% of the target budget.

CONCEPT DESIGN – With your input and feedback, we develop a comprehensive design solution delivering scaled floor plans and CAD-generated perspective renders. We organise a high-level cost estimate relative to the total floor area. Our typical Concept Design fee is 0.5% of the target budget.

ENGAGEMENT – With a considered solution in place, our full service can commence. Working closely with you throughout, we refine the concept design and estimated costs, manage the project through council approvals, resolve and refine the interior design. We procure the main contractor by competitive tender, then liaise, observe and administer your construction contract to project completion.


To arrange a complimentary studio meeting or Zoom call to discuss your project, please contact
David Ponting and confirm a time that’s convenient for you.


david@pfa.nz
+64 21 666 292
+64 9 360 9515
14 Fitzroy Street
Ponsonby
Auckland
New Zealand

architecture evolves through connection, communication and collaboration
. . .IT ALL STARTS WITH A CHAT, AND OUR ROLE IS TO LISTEN.