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First Light Studio

Phone number

+64 04 385 3789

Physical address

L2/80 Adelaide Road
Mount Cook, Wellington 6021

Postal address

PO 27453
Wellington 6141


First Light Studio connects you to New Zealand living through design that places people and the outdoors at its heart. We create houses that embody the spirit of being a New Zealander, and refl ect our belief that technology and sustainability should not only be affordable, they should also meld around how we live.

First Light Studio is a new company born out of the success of the US Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon, where its directors secured a podium finish for the only Southern Hemisphere entry in the international competition’s ten year history. The New Zealand Solar Decathlon project was complex and challenging: requiring a full-scale high performance house to be constructed in New Zealand, transported to the United States, and reassembled on site within seven days for exhibition to a staggering 300,000 visitors.

From 2009 to 2012 First Light worked out of Victoria University of Wellington. First Light Studio takes a holistic stance on building in today’s environment. The studio approaches design with a focus on quality, emphasizing building performance and energy efficiency for New Zealand’s unique lifestyle. Its postgraduate directors, Anna Farrow, Ben Jagersma, Eli Nuttall and Nick Officer were joined by Guy Marriage, a registered architect, in 2010. He brought to the team extensive knowledge of building regulations and larger-scale architectural projects from his work in renowned world practices such as Foster & Partners in London. First Light moved out of the University offices and became First Light Studio in 2012.

First Light Studio provides high quality architectural services with a focus on prefabrication and energy efficiency.


First Light Studio is developing innovative, high quality, prefabricated buildings that are delivered on time and within budget. The studio aims to expand on the manufacturing principles and transportability of the First Light house, to
develop prefabricated housing solutions that create superior value, enable greater control over the design process, improved economy during construction and greater energy efficiency.

The First Light house is currently being transformed to better meet the needs of all New Zealanders.

Keep in touch with the progress at:


First Light Studio offers architectural services from feasibility analysis and concept design through to construction documentation and project management.


With significant experience in the design of energy efficient homes, First Light Studio can help with those decisions early in the design process that will minimize your new homes environmental impact and will save you money in the future.

First Light Studio’s directors are young, creative, proud New Zealanders who are passionate about architecture, design and environmental stewardship. They are a competitive and results-driven team who thrive on challenging projects.