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Our Philosophy

Established in NZ in 1968, Peddle Thorp has built a brand that is easily one of the most respected architectural practices in the country.

The cornerstone of the company is built on the notion that the craft of drawing forms the built result. The firm’s core strength is in the quality and depth of design and detailing, which allows the most complex and creative ideas to be articulated into a living reality.

Peddle Thorp's ability to deliver on projects of any scale or type is a strength sought after by clients and industry professionals alike. We take projects from brief to completion, combining flair and value in effective design solutions for clients. We also embrace the opportunity to collaborate with other industry professionals, drawing on unique skills and talents for the benefit of the project. Other practices acknowledge and seek out our industry leadership in this space. 

As a company, we have a down-to-earth, honest and practical approach combined with a unique ability to listen, distil, consider and communicate ideas in a simple, plain and articulate manner. Our strong heritage has provided a pride and assurance in our people, our brand and our craft. Grounded in old-world values of honesty and integrity, each new brief is tackled with enthusiasm, robust discussion and a complete sense of team.

Although proudly independent, Peddle Thorp recognises and contributes to the wealth of knowledge, resource and expertise that is the wider Peddle Thorp Group. We are proud to be part of a group whose projects and offices extend across NZ and Australia, Asia and the Middle East, and value the impartial counsel that comes from this unique relationship. 

With a comprehensive and award-winning body of work that spans all major market sectors, peddlethorp creates spaces with distinct style and a remarkable clarity of vision that can be enjoyed by both current and future generations of New Zealanders.


Our reputation for strong project leadership, excellent communication, responsible cost control, timely delivery and all round teamwork underlines all peddlethorp projects.

Architecture - We undertake a broad range of projects from our traditional high rise commercial and residential, to low rise commercial, residential and hotels. We are active in healthcare, sports and recreation architecture, education and even occasional premium private residential work.


Interior Design - We work in corporate workplace, hospitality, healthcare, retail, residential and education. Our broad industry knowledge delivers thoroughly researched, creative and intelligent solutions that express brand aspirations and enhance the culture and efficiencies of our clients.

Expert Advice & Resolution - The industry and building owners often ask us to resolve issues of technical failures or contract disputes. In these, we rely on our experience, contract and technical knowledge to reach and recommend the proper conclusions.

Technical & QA

Design Detailing - High quality+depth of detailing. Everyone is encouraged to research technical issues and to further specific interests.

On Site - Our common sense approach to detailing is carried through to the site.

QA - Our QA has been developed in the context of working with Clients' and Contractors' systems.

Peer Review - Independent, constructive criticism at critical stages of the design process.


We often work in partnership with other NZ, Australian or international Architects and Interior Designers where complementary roles are played by each practice. Mutual respect always exists and we are willing always and have the maturity, resources and experience, to develop and to deliver the project vision. Our partners include Fearon Hay, PTID, PTW Architects, PT Brisbane, JPW, Harrison + Harrison, Studio Pacific Architecture, Noel Lane, MAP, DEGW, HSPC, Kohn Pederson Fox, Martin Hughes Interiors, Geyer Design, Lance Herbst Architects.



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  • wynyard 100 north east view

Wynyard 100

Located in Wynyard Quarter Area 2, Wynyard 100 is the exemplary Mixed Used Development reconfiguring the original Bus Maintenance facility.

Open project
  • Wynyard 01
  • Wynyard 02
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Wynyard 100
  • Ballantynesweb


Peddle Thorp are proud to be working with Ballantynes designing a new building for their Lichfield Street frontage in Christchurch....
Open project
  • 05 Downtown Masterplan Albert Street Elevation
  • 03 Downtown Masterplan Albert Street View
  • 04 Downtown Masterplan Quay Street Elevation
  • 07 Downtown Masterplan Sky Lobby
  • 02 Downtown Masterplan Little Queen Street View
  • 08 Downtown Masterplan Skygarden
  • 06 Downtown Masterplan Roofgarden
  • 01 Downtown Tower
  • 09 Downtown Masterplan Birds Eye View

Downtown Master Plan

2013 is the third year we have hosted a team of four 4th year Unitec Architecture students in our office...
Open project
  • 10T Downtown Masterplan Tower Comparison
  • 07T Downtown Masterplan E W Site Section
  • 05T Downtown Masterplan Tower Levels
  • 02T Downtown Masterplan at Quay Street level
  • 09T Downtown Masterplan Tower Study
  • 01T Downtown Masterplan Tower section
  • 06T Downtown Masterplan N S Site Section
  • 04T Downtown Masterplan Second Floor Level
  • 03T Downtown Masterplan at Customs Street level
  • 08T Downtown Masterplan Study Views
Downtown Master Plan
  • 03 Waterfront Hotel s
  • Richard Goldie2

Auckland Waterfront Hotel

Peddle Thorp + Fearon Hay are proud to have won the design competition for what will be Auckland’s premier hotel...
Open project
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  • 02 Waterfront Hotely s
Auckland Waterfront Hotel
  • 08 Hilton 045 s
  • Terry Barnes2
  • 04 Hilton 082 s
  • 02 Hilton 091 sq
  • 06 Hilton 040 s
  • 07 Hilton 028 s
  • 05 Hilton 003 s
  • 09 Hilton 090 sq

Hilton Queenstown

The Hilton Queenstown is idyllically sited on the edge of Lake Wakatipu at Kawarau Falls Station, surrounded by the dramatic...
Open project
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  • 03 Hilton 107 s
Hilton Queenstown
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  • 02 8atLangham s
  • 03 8atLangham s
  • 01 8atLangham 1

Eight at The Langham

The brief required a new concept in dining, the first of its kind on the New Zealand restaurant scene. ...
Open project
  • 08 8atLangham
Eight at The Langham
  • Soffitel 08
  • Soffitel 01
  • Soffitel 05
  • Soffitel 07

Hotel Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Formerly The Westin Lighter Quay, this is a premium hotel development set on the edge of the Viaduct Harbour in...
Open project
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  • Soffitel 06
  • Soffitel 03
  • Soffitel 10
  • Soffitel 04
Hotel Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
  • 01 Metropolis s
  • 03 Metropolis Entry s
  • 04 Metropolis Lobby s


Located in the fashionable High Street area of central Auckland, the Metropolis is a 42 storey, 360 room apartment hotel...
Open project
  • Richard Goldie2
  • 02 Metropolis s