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Imagine Architecture is a multi-award winning architectural design practice that has been in business since 2002 with specialist expertise in Residential and Commercial design. Our practice has evolved through many iterations over the years. From starting in a shoebox home office, to growing into occupying historic premises at the Kings Building in New Plymouth, then to a sleek downtown high street practice. We have now gone back to our roots with two bespoke studios for Tony and Steven, giving is a presence in Tauranga and New Plymouth respectively.

“Changing lives through great architecture & design”. That is the mission of Imagine Architecture. Since 2002, we have sought to infuse that mission into every project. Our designs are for high performance buildings that change lives. 

Imagine Architecture aspires to uphold the Pritzker Architecture Prizewinner Glenn Murcutt’s ideal: ‘to touch the earth lightly’. This means we look at how nature has crafted the environment to this point in time, and form our design in relationship to that. For example, we have sculpted designs to the land, rather than the land to the design. Nature has brought us those spaces, so we strive to design structures to be harmonious with that nature. As custodians we seek to protect the environment through diligent stewardship and utilisation of the best high performance technology.  

Our experience in over 1000 commissions to date is wide and diverse. In addition to servicing Bay of Plenty and Taranaki, we have commissions throughout New Zealand and have projects in Australia and Italy. In this modern age, geography is no barrier to delivering architectural excellence. The Imagine Architecture team's track record shows an ability to adapt quickly to client changes, government legislation and technical site situations. We have specialist experience in:

  • Residential homes and renovations

  • Sustainable and Energy Efficient architecture

  • Recreation & Parks facilities

  • Apartments & Townhouses

  • Mobility design and disabled access

  • Retirement homes

  • Gymnasia

  • Schools & ECE

  • Property development & investment units

  • Industrial facilities

  • Restaurant and retail design

  • Shipping Container buildings

  • Feasibility Studies

  • Motels and Motor Lodges

Imagine Architecture promotes itself on the principle of “relationship marketing”. A large number of commissions come to Imagine Architecture by way of referrals from existing clients. This method of marketing reflects our philosophy of creating quality relationships with clients. This is achieved by friendly, clear and up front communication matched with a quality design service that meets the aesthetic, functional & financial requirements of the client.

Imagine Architecture is the experienced team to use if you are looking for innovative design that respects the environment, quality technical documentation, superior service through excellent communication.

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“We found Tony and Steven a pleasure to deal with and we were able to input our own ideas into the design Imagine Architecture produced. Their technical knowledge of the design intricacies was impressive. The end result being a home that had a "good feeling" to it, with friends who see it for the first time saying, ‘This is really cool!’
Before being built we found many builders or other designers were quite critical of the design, but now it has been built we have had nothing but praise for something which is obviously bespoke yet sits comfortably in the surrounding landscape.”

Michael & Maria Ramsay– New Plymouth

"Mary and I wanted to build a conservatory area attached to the North facing side of our house. On the advice of Altherm we contacted Tony in order to have plans drawn up from which the builders could operate. Tony listened. He made suggestions and could explain suggested modifications to our ideas effectively. Draft plans were readily adjusted until we were thoroughly satisfied with the design. The builders and constructors found the plans easy to work with. The finished product looks very good and has created the space that we wanted. The dream became a reality"

Graeme & Mary Mustchin – New Plymouth

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