Landscape and Urban Design


Here's some of the ways we've helped government, iwi and the private sector make better planning and environmental decisions
that balance the needs of land, water and people.

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The guide provides advice and technical information relevant to New Zealand and in particular, the Whāngārei context for the implementation of living roof systems.

Despite a long history of sod roof use, the modern building industry has only recently seen a resurgence of living roof technology and this rediscovery offers a myriad of exciting benefits for people, our built form and nature.

Talk of living roofs, particularly on commercial buildings, in New Zealand is however in its infancy and is often met with scepticism in terms of its potential as a realistic building option with long term contributions to urban habitat, stormwater and sustainable building outcomes.

This guide provides an opportunity to champion this sustainable technology to home-owners, developers and the broader design fraternity as a viable option for the New Zealand environment.


4Sight provided landscape architecture and living roof expertise alongside botanical, ecological and urban design skills in developing New Zealand’s first comprehensive living roof guide.

Our role included researching, writing, designing and illustrating the Guide as well as undertaking the graphic design and desktop publishing for the document.

Our contribution did not stop at the publishing of the guide – we are working with Whāngārei District Council to communicate the message through public workshops and online content and forums.



Many of the barriers to greater use of this roofing approach in New Zealand are based around lack of locally applicable information, research and shared experiences. This guide is a first step in sharing the growing knowledge base and range of case studies within New Zealand that are now assisting to break down these barriers and providing exciting sustainable building opportunities.

Whangarei Living Roof Guide

4Sight has developed the first comprehensive living roof guide in New Zealand, providing exciting sustainable building opportunities.



Designing a rooftop native forest and sculpture park

The Approach

As the last design of famous architect Hundertwasser to be built, the Hundertwasser Arts Centre project is being overseen by the Hundertwasser Foundation in Vienna and required constant collaboration in order to best honour Hundertwasser’s legacy.

4Sight’s team of living roof experts worked with a project team of architects, engineers and specialists to design the Hundertwasser Arts Centre Living Roof. This collaborative approach ensures a design outcome that not only meets the client’s needs but will also stand the test of time.


The Project

4Sight was engaged by Whangarei Art Museum Trust to create a comprehensive design package that included:
•    Living roof concept design
•    Surrounding site landscape concept design
•    Plant palette and schedule
•    Cross sections
•    Perspective renderings
•    Detailed design drawings
•    Landscape lighting plan
•    Site analysis


The Outcome

Following a thorough and dynamic design process, 4Sight delivered an extensive design package ready for tendering that addressed every aspect of the Hundertwasser Living Roof.

Using client feedback and specialist knowledge to design a living roof that satisfied the needs of all stakeholders. 4Sight’s expertise and collaboration throughout the project lead to an outcome that meets the specific requirements of the Hundertwasser Foundation without compromising the integrity of the living roof.

4Sight Consulting have been and are currently involved in the Hundertwasser Art Centre project in Whangarei. The scope of their work has been in relation to design and specification of the Green roof, in collaboration with the wider project team/design and Hundertwasser Foundation, which is a very large and complex element of the build. In many cases, the unique challenges and scale included previously unchartered territory which has required “out of the box thinking”.
4Sight, in particular, Zoe Avery and Renee Davies attended our call for help and have given generously much of their time, expertise and focus to our project. It is very evident they are passionate about Green Roofs and have a strong industry/green roof community network to leverage and call on.
This project is far from an orthodox design and construct and is more of an art piece on a grand scale, with stakeholders on both sides of the globe. The result of this is a very demanding project. 4Sight have gone above and beyond the call of their scope.

— Ben Tomason, Director, Griffiths and Associates Ltd



Hundertwasser Arts Centre Living Roof

4Sight was engaged by Whangarei Art Museum Trust to create a comprehensive design package for the Hundertwasser Arts Centre.

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