Living for the next generation
At First Light we combine internationally award-winning design with leading-edge eco technology. We love working closely with people passionate about reshaping how we live, work and interact. As a design house, we collaborate with commercial and residential customers looking for something truly unique to their needs, site and personal vision.
Amelia Melbourne-Hayward was invited into the offices of First Light Studio Ltd to chat with two of the directors, Ben Jagersma and Nick Officer, about the roots of the company, its ethos and the challenges of off-site building in New Zealand.
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!
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.
We'd love to learn about your project
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.
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).