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Living for the next generation

 

 

First Light Studio

We believe in great living. We believe in its enduring power to enhance our wellbeing, and its ability to work with nature, not against it. But for too long great living has been defined by the wrong thinking, resulting in buildings that are unhealthy, expensive and unsustainable. We are speaking up for a fresh direction. 

 

Our purpose is to redesign our living future. To create living environments that flex with the rhythms of life and grow beautifully together with their natural surroundings. Brilliantly designed spaces that enhance life and our connection to our land and each other, for generations to come.

At First Light we combine internationally award-winning design with leading-edge eco technology and a love of working closely with people passionate about truly sustainable living. Based in Wellington, but serving commercial and residential clients throughout New Zealand, we are architects who believe in the power of design to create a better living future for more people.

 
 

Our portfolio

We create enduring, adaptive spaces that are perfectly integrated with their surroundings. 

 

First and foremost we are architects and we would love to design your dream. Architecture is a personal journey and no two projects are ever the same. We love the variety of work our clients bring into the studio, from remote beach cabin to inner city family flat, from the far reaches of the temperate north to the bush-clad climes of the deep south. And no project is too big or too small: whether it is a grand scheme or a modest alteration, we'll work with you to turn your dream into a reality.  

We care about the way architecture can enable and enhance day-to-day living, and we enjoy the collaborative process to craft a home that is perfectly suited to your way of life, your site, and your personality!

 

The First Light Home

Designed for you. We understand that building a new house is a big step so we've developed the First Light Home to make the whole process easier and much less scary. We want kiwis to live in good kiwi homes! 

 

We understand that building a new house is a big step to take and may seem a bit daunting to the uninitiated. But in the studio, designing and building good-feeling, good-quality homes is the name and the aim of our game! So we've come up with a few design options to make the whole process easier and much less scary. There is always room to customise the plans for your unique site and situation, but in terms of space maximisation, energy efficiency and buildability, the hard yards have been done for you.

 
  Net zero energy We start with a well insulated, airtight building shell, use natural strategies for heating and cooling, then supplement these with innovative, easy to use technologies and a small solar PV system. The resulting efficiency means you can say goodbye to your gas and electrical bills forever!  

 

Net zero energy

We start with a well insulated, airtight building shell, use natural strategies for heating and cooling, then supplement these with innovative, easy to use technologies and a small solar PV system. The resulting efficiency means you can say goodbye to your gas and electrical bills forever!

 

  Space efficient Bigger is not necessarily better, it’s just bigger. Right-sized design makes smaller spaces feel large. Clever planning maximises function and eliminates wasted areas, reducing the square metre size without sacrificing comfort. This minimises up-front costs, energy demands and system sizes.

 

Space efficient

Bigger is not necessarily better, it’s just bigger. Right-sized design makes smaller spaces feel large. Clever planning maximises function and eliminates wasted areas, reducing the square metre size without sacrificing comfort. This minimises up-front costs, energy demands and system sizes.

  Streamlined construction We will customise our build process to best suit you and your site. Whether this means building traditionally, utilising pre-built panels or delivering a fully-finished factory-built home, we will employ the most suitable and efficient construction process near you in to reduce time and construction waste on site. 

 

Streamlined construction

We will customise our build process to best suit you and your site. Whether this means building traditionally, utilising pre-built panels or delivering a fully-finished factory-built home, we will employ the most suitable and efficient construction process near you in to reduce time and construction waste on site. 

 
Based on original award-winning Meridian First Light this 100 square meter, 2 bedroom home is more spacious, better performing and even more affordable.

Based on original award-winning Meridian First Light this 100 square meter, 2 bedroom home is more spacious, better performing and even more affordable.

 

Want us to design your dream?

We'd love to learn about your project

 

Our approach

As architects and designers we work in a creative and collaborative studio environment. For us great design is an extension of who we are and what we believe in.  


We make designing your new home easy! At First Light Studio we believe the design process should be an easy and rewarding collaboration from start to finish. 

We understand that the design process is not a one size fits all type situation and will adapt our simple four stage process to perfectly suit your vision. Whether you want to modify one of our pre-designed plans or let us come up with something completely unique to you, we will tailor our process to suit. 

Get in touch and together we will come up with a strategy to turn your dream vision into even more amazing reality.
 


Our ethos 

Every project is a reflection of our set of beliefs based on how we see the world. Below are the values that we live by when creating the next generation of better living environments.

Meet the team

We are a team of architects, designers, artists and dreamers passionate about architecture and driven by an uncontrollable urge to create, explore and innovate. We love what we do. 

 

We opened our doors in Wellington in 2012, comprised of the same core team that had recently taken the eco-design world by storm, placing third in the U.S. Energy Department’s Solar Decathlon, the ‘Olympics of University Sustainable Architecture’.

Our extensive collective experience, gained before, during and since the success of this project, means our designs are realised with technical expertise and great attention to detail. Our projects range from small-scale renovations and extensions to high end new home builds, and from medium-scale commercial and educational facilities to large-scale master-planning projects (as well as the odd treehouse).

 

  Anna Farrow Director   anna@firstlightstudio.co.nz  

 

Anna Farrow

Director

 

anna@firstlightstudio.co.nz

 

  Ben Jagersma Director Architect ben@firstlightstudio.co.nz

 

Ben Jagersma

Director

Architect

ben@firstlightstudio.co.nz

  Eli Nuttall Director   eli@firstlightstudio.co.nz

 

Eli Nuttall

Director

 

eli@firstlightstudio.co.nz

  Nick Officer Director   nick@firstlightstudio.co.nz

 

Nick Officer

Director

 

nick@firstlightstudio.co.nz

  Guy Marriage Director Architect guy@firstlightstudio.co.nz

 

Guy Marriage

Director

Architect

guy@firstlightstudio.co.nz

  Tom Whiteford Architectural Technician   tom@firstlightstudio.co.nz

 

Tom Whiteford

Architectural Technician

 

tom@firstlightstudio.co.nz

  Chris Meade Brand Strategy Brand Advisory  

 

Chris Meade

Brand Strategy

Brand Advisory

 

 
  Bron Phillipps Architectural Graduate   bronwyn@firstlightstudio.co.nz

 

Bron Phillipps

Architectural Graduate

 

bronwyn@firstlightstudio.co.nz

  Olly Syme Architectural Graduate   olly@firstlightstudio.co.nz

 

Olly Syme

Architectural Graduate

 

olly@firstlightstudio.co.nz

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Let's chat! 

It starts with an idea. We'd love to hear yours!


Contact Nick at: 04 385 3789

Or via email at: nick@firstlightstudio.co.nz

Visit us: Level 1, 181 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington, NZ