Monika Puri is the principal of 242am Architects and has 15 years of extensive experience on large scale commercial, dense housing and community projects. Her area of speciality and interest is exploring modular nature of various building typologies, and she is committed to sustainable and high performing buildings.
About 242am Architects
To us, Architecture is the crossroads between Culture, Environment and Technology. People are the focus of our design cause it is for them the spaces are designed.
242am is a vibrant practice in the Manawatu and in the short time since our setup we have been involved on a wide range of projects from emergency services to community based developments. But it is housing where our passion lies, be it multi-unit dwellings, dense housing, prefabricated homes or standalone bespoke homes. It is this drive that has led us to study current issues surrounding the topic and hence find ourselves committed to making a difference, through design, in this sector.
ANZIA (PROFESSIONAL), B.ARCH, Masters in Construction Management, PassivHaus Design Consultant, Homestar Assessor
Imagine opening your front door to an uninterrupted view of rolling rural hills in the background and a contemporary outdoor lounge and pool area in the foreground. For these clients, the brief was simple: a home that took advantage of the view without being swept away by the mighty winds that flood in from all directions. For the eHaus Manawatu team, the design challenge was doing the architectural plans by 242am Architects Ltd justice. A simplistic layout and intricate design coupled with clever detailing elevate this long property into impressive proportions. Multiple exterior claddings, including Otago schist and vertical shiplap cedar, complement the natural surroundings, while 6mm negative detailing for the skirting and architraves on the interior walls keep hallways flush and modern. These incredibly patient clients were trusting of our team to make the right calls in terms of detailing and material choice and, thanks to their commitment to the PassivHaus performance criteria, are now enjoying the benefits of the journey.