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Creative, Individual and Modern Architecture is a personal and energising thing ...
...form and space created intentionally, moulded around people, expressing their style, life, love, work and play. Form and Space responding to context and environment, natural and made, with clever solutions making the difficult and challenging seem effortless.

Buildings are serious things. They last a long time, and involve enormous amounts of technical and creative input to make them the best they can be. This is where we do our work with specialist knowledge, skill and experience; blending timeless artistic rules with modern technical solutions for now, and with vision to the future.

Beautiful and expressive architecture, spaces and environments are smart choices. Investing in carefully crafted Architecture and bold, robust construction can be one of the most satisfying things you can ever do, with real tangible value, and the opportunity to truly express who you are.

You deserve it!


SPARCHI Architects is a boutique design and research driven architect's practice specialising in creative and unique one-off bespoke work. We design, document, and detail every aspect of a building and only work with capable and professional craftspeople to deliver the finished project for our clients.

Unique Architecture

Architecture is a fermentation of creative responses to perception, emotions, and context wrapped up in practical building science. We do this every day to make authentically unique and fresh design...

High Performance

We know what a 'high performance building' really means. It's actually all the cool things you cant see, the things hidden in the core, designed and built-into the way it is made....

Honest, Real Materials

Honest materials are confident, they know where they come from and what they must do. We like to use real materials as close to raw as they can be. We know they can deliver like no other....

Professional Services

The difference working with a professional Registered Architect for your project is the combination of real knowledge, experience and resources available that help ensure your project is truely unique....




Urban Houses, Country Houses, Luxury Houses. Cool and stylish, rugged and earthy, tucked away or on display...we design special, unique houses for people who really care about where they are and where they want to be.



Making the city a cool place to be. Inspired development, imaginative form, beautiful space and seamless integration. Creating meaning and a real sense of urban living,working and playing for real people.



We understand apartments having designed and lived in a few. We know they can be both seriously technical and intensly satisfyng. From concept to reality we really enjoy making medium density living.



Making space work and feel right, seamlessley delivered with Style, Finish, Substance and Identity. Interior design and detail is the human interface with the building and we know how that works.


A small selection of how we do our work...



Everything we design still starts with hand sketches and then creatively and technically developed in 3D BIM software. This ensures the design, technical detail and construction processes are seamlessly integrated. Images and other 3D media can be produced from the design model to let us and our clients visually test every idea as the project unfolds. Nothing ever happens by accident.

This selection of our conceptual work illustrates the variety of projects currently in the planning stages, in construction, or for one reason or another didnt get off the ground. Unbuilt work is almost as important as built work in that every new design problem generates a new solution which is added to our extensive design knowledgebase and body of work. That formidable resource is drawn upon for every new project.


The Ocean View House was featured on GRAND DESIGNS AUSTRALIA (Series 3 Episode 8)
The story of our clients journey and how it was built is not to be missed.

OCEAN VIEW COUNTRY HOUSE is carved into the ridgeline of a mountainous rural bushland estate in Queensland Australia. Although with spectacular views, the site is subjected to extreme winds, bushfire, highly variable temperatures and limited services. The house needed to be robust, fire resistant and self-reliant including on-site water collection for both household use and firefighting, and deliver very high levels of thermal performance and energy efficiency. To meet these challenges construction is entirely of Concrete and Steel with zero-timber content.  The house has two distinct personalities; a fortress-like public side and an open private side connecting with the land and a roof terrace for capturing the views. The Brutalist style architecture is infused with a Japanese 'wabi-sabi' appreciation of rawness, texture and form inside and out that reflects the local natural environment. The house delivers a pared-back, safe and very comfortable gallery for art pieces, sculpture, family gatherings, entertaining and the enjoyment of abundant life in the country.

Some images courtesy of Paul Broben Photographer/FOXTEL


Making the building real is the ultimate point of our work. Attending to the site-work is essential to ensure the essence of the Architecture is not lost, and everything goes together exactly the way it is meant to be. 


As you have probably guessed, we really like working with concrete... 

The limited palette of core construction materials we like to work with is concrete, structural steel, aluminium, glass, ceramics and fine timbers. Limiting choices keeps us focussed, but these materials used to their full potential allow better buildings to be built without physical constraint or structural vulnerability. And there is nothing more satisfying than the texture and quality of concrete and the living experience of an industrial strength building.

Some people think concrete construction is over the top for small buildings such as houses, but we consider a house that does not have commercial strength and quality is a little pointless.

We do love timber, but in respect for the forests and their fragile ecosystems we use timber thoughtfully, carefully and sparingly, and only in finishing work for its inherent visual beauty, texture and warmth. 


Martin is a Registered Architect, Principal and Leader of SPARCHI, With a passion for cutting-edge architecture, design, and advanced building sciences and his work in practice, extensive academic fact-based research and ongoing technical R&D activities, Martin has developed unique knowledge and expertise in modern concrete-based and industrial techniques for achieving Resilient, Sustainable and highly Efficient next-generation housing.

Martin is a bold, creative and thoughtful Architect and designer, approaching every project from a fresh position with focus on form, space, beauty, performance, and most importantly, the people the building is made for. The combination of innovative design, technical expertise and getting the job done provides a unique professional package for our clients. (He is also a pretty friendly guy and always ready for a chat about most things...)

Martin Chant

Registered Architect

Meredith  is our Interior Designer with degrees in Psychology and Design. With a strong interest in Place Science, her current focus is within the psychological drivers of spatial design. Meredith works closely with Martin and our clients on all of our interior projects from concept through to delivery, incorporating her Design, Coordination and Project Management skills to achieve successfull project completion. 

Meredith is an outstanding cook and avid food lover (along with Martin...). The skill and passion for taking fine fresh produce to the table, and understanding the unique social aspects of this process, helps infuse living and entertaing spaces with life, vitality and extreme functionality. The experience of the true fullness of living within a bespoke architectural space is one of the things that gives architecture purpose.

Meredith Dobson

B.Des (Int), B.Sc (Psych), NZCPM. Interior Designer


SPARCHI (Architects of Awesome) are based in the spectacular South Island of New Zealand with a focus on creating high quality and timeless Architecture for local and international clients.

We only accept a limited number of projects at any one time to ensure our high standards and services are consistent for every client, therefore each project is considered by application only.

If you feel your project might be a good fit and would like to have it considered, then please contact Martin directly by email or phone, or by message from the form below. 


SPARCHI Architects Ltd

P.O. Box 1810                     
Christchurch City, 8140
New Zealand


Email: studio@sparchi.com 
Phone: +64 (0) 3 337 1360 
Mobile: +64 (0) 027 5124148