parsonson architects crafts tiny 'herald garden studio' dwelling in new zealand

parsonson architects crafts tiny 'herald garden studio' dwelling in new zealand

a modern addition to a victorian home


New Zealand-based design firm Parsonson Architects crafts a tiny dwelling in Berhampore dubbed Herald Garden Studio, which exemplifies the spirit of this contemporary era. Designed with sustainability, efficiency, and the needs of a family in mind, the modest structure is built as a standalone addition to the adjacent Victorian cottage, the primary residence for a couple and their two young sons. The new studio, however, was envisioned to be a flexible and versatile addition with a variety of functions, whether it be a space for children’s play, a peaceful retreat for contemplation and study, or overflow accommodation for guests.

parsonson architects herald gardenimages © Paul McCredie | @paulmccredie



parsonson architects fits a big studio into a tiny space


Despite its separate location at the rear of the property, Parsonson Architects’ Herald Garden Studio maintains a strong visual connection with the main house. The architects introduce a sheltered outdoor space which acts as the bridge, both literally and metaphorically, connecting the two structures. The main interior space of the studio faces north, ensuring abundant natural light throughout the day. At the rear, a bathroom and storage area are discreetly tucked away, optimizing the use of space. Above, a mezzanine level serves as a sleeping area for guests or a playful hideaway for the children.

parsonson architects herald gardentranslucent, corrugated panels contribute to the structure’s visual depth



herald garden studio: minimalist and eco-conscious


One of the standout features of the Herald Garden Studio is its harmonious integration with the surrounding natural environment. The deck, pergola, and the primary interior space form a singular, triangulated structure that unifies the spaces while fostering a strong connection between the indoors and outdoors. This architectural choice not only enhances the functionality of the studio but also complements the delicate beauty of the surrounding vegetation.


Parsonson Architects opted for an unadorned, raw aesthetic for the Herald Garden Studio. The choice of materials reflects a commitment to simplicity and sustainability. Wood, the primary construction material, was used both for the structure itself and the internal linings. The linings feature zero formaldehyde ‘Strandboard,’ finished with natural WOCA oil. This conscientious selection of materials lends a minimalist interior while aligning with the team’s eco-conscious principles.

parsonson architects herald garden
the timber structure is expressed as both a functional and aesthetic design element parsonson architects herald garden
panels float lightly to wrap around the deck as a lightweight pergola parsonson architects herald gardeninteriors show the exposed Strandboard finished with natural WOCA oil.


the large glass doorway frames a view of the main house and its rear garden

parsonson architects crafts tiny 'herald garden studio' dwelling in new zealand
the flexible, multifunctional space fits within an ultra-compact structure


a guest bedroom hideaway is elevated within a mezzanine overhead

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