Urbanfunction [UFA] is a boutique architectural design practice based in the central city of Christchurch, New Zealand.

We design, document and deliver a diverse range of residential and commercial architectural projects both at home in NZ and internationally. 



Architectural and hillside home specialists. From concept design and planning through to completion.

Extensive commercial building and interior design experience. Office, Retail, Hospitality

High quality 3D renders and animation service.

Heberden, Scarborough Hill, Sumner


Built on a 45 degree angled hillside in the beachside community of Sumner, Heberden was the most challenging residential project we’ve ever undertaken. A site prone to landslip with easements and planning issues we were challenged at every turn.

The resulting form is wedged shape, anchored into the hillside. Maximising views across the ocean to the alps and to the valley and summit road. Topped off with 115m2 of roof terrace 3 levels above the cliff below.



Petite Maison, Mt Pleasant, Christchurch


This home challenges the ideals of larger house living and proves that with good design, volume and spatial layout 80m2 of space can feel generous and comfortable to live in.

The form is essentially a rectangle with carved out niches that provide sense of address, privacy and shelter. Aligned to face the Kaikoura ranges, clad in a combination of burnt and natural Larch timber. This house is high performance and cost effectiveness rolled into one.


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Hornbrook, Mt Pleasant, Christchurch


A single pitch sloping roof follows the natural ground angle of the site but in reverse. This allowed us to compress the entry/garage areas and slowly reveal the views and sky through space and volume increasing gradually as you move further inside the home.

The main gallery spine aligns to the Kaikoura ranges, so on entry you get visual transparency through the building, across the ocean and to the mountains on a clear day.


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Soleares - Compact home


This home challenges the ideals of larger house living and proves that with good design, volume and spatial layout 120m2 of space can feel generous and comfortable to live in

The floorplan cranks in an L shape to shelter from prevailing winds and maximise views to the North to Kaikoura and west across the city. The house was designed and built to a strict budget and has resulted in a cost effective hillside home utilising space cleverly. 


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Kennedy's Bush home


This new luxury 270m2 home has been built in an idyllic setting overlooking farm land looking west to the Southern Alps. Built by the client for a growing young family, attention to every detail has been pained over with excellent craftsmanship. 

The clients required a very open, light and airy home that has ability to house foreign family members in separate private spaces. Space for the kids to play in quiet zones but within sight was critical and is achieved by utilising the upper loft spaces adjacent the children zones upstairs. 

Clad in metal standing seam cladding and natural western red cedar means low maintenance and timeless quality is maintained. 



Hilltop Earthquake Rebuild


This new home on Mt Pleasant has been designed to replace a severely earthquake damaged existing mid century modernist classic. We have taken care to respect the original features of the building and re-interpret them in a modern fashion with contemporary materials and space requirements.

The floorplan bends on it's western face to allow mountain + city views from every bedroom and living space. The living space is accessed via a large pivot door that will be fabricated from salvaged Rimu T&G ceiling panels in the existing structure.



Modern Seaside Townhouse


Modern seaside townhouse with a beach house element. Light and airy, low maintenance large spacious family home.



Santa Maria


Compact hillside home of 120m2 with an aerial carport. Located on an extremely steep site with covenant planning challenges presented we had to overcome. The result is a stealthy looking compact home with plenty of volume and space beyond its square metre area.


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Treehouse Family Home


Compact hillside home of 120m2 designed for a young growing family. Nestled in amongst trees this home has been designed with future expansion in mind but also cost effectively in it's construction and finishing methods. Set in a very established tree filled site, the home sits delicately poised like a treehouse.



Sumner Beach House


Hardwicke house at sumner beach has been designed as a relaxed home for a family to grow. with a very specific brief and a tight site, this house was always going to deliver challenges. Hard wearing natural materials and double height light airy spaces within give the home it's modern bach feel. 

 Our client requiredhigh levels of sustainable design to make for very low energy consumption. We maximised passive solar gain & included - underfloor heating, solar water heating, thermally broken windows, LED lighting (none of which pierce the thermal envelope).




Denman St, Sumner, Christchurch


Denman St house in Sumner, Christchurch has been designed as an earthquake destroyed replacement home. 

The requirement was to create a more conservative yet contemporary home that surprises as well as operates in a functional and considered  manner. 

Cedar, local stone and a lightweight aerated concrete panel wall cladding system ensures durability and solidarity in this post quake environment. The home has numerous 'eco' features to keep running costs low such as - Super insulated walls and ceilings, Solar hot water, hydronic underfloor heating, thermally broken window frames and LED lighting throughout (none of which pierce the thermal envelope. 




Maffeys is a major renovation and structural repair on a previously extensive earthquake damaged home. We were engaged to work with structural engineers to find a way to save the building and then modernise and renovate the entire home to conform with modern living.




Prahran Townhouses, Melbourne, AU


Inner city townhouses located in Prahran, Melbourne. Designed for a developer to accomodate professional couples or small family in a dense urban environment. We have been able maximise light and space on a site with strict planning zonings and setback requirements. 


Kaikoura Bach


This holiday home has been designed to blend into it's natural surrounds and function as a weekender bach within a small footprint and challenging budget. 

The use of timber throughout maintains it's connection to nature. Separate decks to the south and the west give views to the alps and ocean, yet allow flexibility in living dependant on the prevailing winds present. 

This small bach is big on space internally considering it's size (150m2 total) and has the ability to accomodate up to 16 people comfortably.