An architecture and design studio based in Auckland, New Zealand

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Completed 2017


A small but considered office constructed to help a young and unique company support itself through a period of extraordinary growth. The design comprises a variety of interlinking spatial elements that are presented in a focused palette of materials. 


Interior Magazine Awards
Winner - Workplace Category (<1000m²)

DINZ Best Awards
Gold Pin - Workplace Environments Category

Dulux Colour Awards
Winner - International Category



Ao Marama Retreat


Architect: Claire Natusch

while at Mitchell & Stout Architects


Completed 2018


A rural retreat for farmers on a windswept site. Ao Marama was built with hardy finishes to withstand fierce winds, roaming cattle and gumboots. The design aimed to foster simple pleasures; curling up on a window seat or a unwinding in a sheltered outdoor bath . A single bedroom hut, the layout can expand to sleep a party of six with minor adjustments. This building shows cheap materials and simple, repetitive structures can be used in a joyful way.



Garden Studio


Designed for a unique secluded garden setting, the studio design draws upon the romantic notion of the simple greenhouse at the end of the garden providing a place of calm and reflection. Alluding to simple garden shed forms and referencing historic greenhouse construction the studio seeks to blend into the surroundings by utilising mirrored cathedral glass panels. Taking inspiration from Impressionist paintings, these panels will give a pixelated effect, much like the brushstrokes of a Monet.






Completed as part of PAC Studio with Rory Kofoed in support of Kristina Pickford 


Home Magazine
featured in a recent issue





Designed to maximise an extremely tight inner city site, the house gradually expands and opens up as each level stacks upon one another.



Stairway Cinema


Completed 2012


Stairway Cinema was a site specific installation by Oh.No.Sumo Collective, that sought to activate a dormant street corner, by transforming it into amenity for the surrounding public. The aim was to socialise a very common act that was occurring at the busy nearby bus stops. While waiting people would often isolate themselves and retreat into video content on their mobile phones. The Stairway Cinema provided a means by which people could share videos with those around them.

Best Awards
Bronze Pin - 2012



OH.NO.SUMO was established in 2009 by James Pearce, Patrick Loo, Katherine O’Shaughnessy and Sarosh Mulla. Starting out as a creative outlet for four friends graduating from the architecture school, it soon transformed into a design collective exploring many experimental avenues of design and creative work.

Best Awards
Gold Pin
for Cupcake Pavilion - 2010

Silver Pin
for Paper Sky - 2010




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OPL was established as a creative platform to develop projects that contribute positively to the physical and social environment around them. The practice is led by Patrick Loo & Claire Natusch.

Patrick is a NZRAB Registered Architect. He gained extensive experience within the commercial and transportation sectors while working at Jasmax where he was a Senior Associate. Following this he carried out stints at boutique offices PAC Studio and Monk Mackenzie, focusing on residential work. Patrick’s long-term interest is in how creative industries can strengthen and reposition themselves in an age of exponential change by incorporating strategies and processes from technology and science sectors. In support of this belief, Patrick has recently completed a Master of Commercialisation at the University of Auckland, Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Claire grew up in rural Bay of Plenty before moving to Auckland to study architecture. She delights in the nuances of how a client might live or work in a space and how the form of a building can shape that experience. She brings an honest and tactile aesthetic to her work, and it was this interest that drew her to the award winning practice Mitchell & Stout Architects where she worked for 8 years on civic and residential projects including Te Uru Contemporary Gallery in Titirangi. In 2014 she was part of the team that exhibited for NZ at the Venice Architecture Biennale, and more recently has worked in London at the renowned firm DSDHA, designing the public spaces for the renovation of the iconic Economist Plaza. Claire is a NZRAB registered architect.



Claire was engaged to design and oversee the build of our rural retreat, the design of which involved several parties-each with their own “wish list”. What could have been a near impossible task, Claire listened to our needs and wants and successfully delivered a design all were happy with and within budget too. We had no previous experience with a new build but with Claire’s great communication and consultation, the building process was an enjoyable and stress-free experience. We have no hesitation engaging Claire again for our next building project
— Ao Marama Farms Limited


DINZ Best Awards DINZ Best Awards
AGM Interior Awards
Dulux Colour Awards
AGM Interior Awards
DINZ Best Awards
OISTAT Competition
DINZ Best Awards
DINZ Best Awards
AAA Award

2019 | Purple Pin | Overall Spatial Category| Rainbow Machine (Artist Team)
2019 | Gold Pin | Exhibition, Colour, Light categories| Rainbow Machine (Artist Team)
2018 | Gold Pin | Office & Workplace Environments| Crimson Education Office
2018 | Category Winner | Workplace Interiors (<1000m2) | Crimson Education Office
2018 | International Category Winner | Crimson Education Office
2013 | Emerging Design Professional Award
2012 | Bronze Pin | Exhibition & Temporary Structures | Stairway Cinema (Oh.No.Sumo)
2011 | 3rd place | in collaboration with Sarosh Mulla
2010 | Gold Pin | Exhibition & Temporary Structures | Cupcake Pavilion (Oh.No.Sumo)
2010 | Silver Pin |Exhibition & Temporary Structures | Paper Sky (Oh.No.Sumo)
2009 | Open Award | Cupcake Pavilion (Oh.No.Sumo)


Please feel welcome to get in touch


Patrick Loo:

Claire Natusch:

+64 021 1272 794

+64 027 694 0011

517a Manukau Road, Epsom, Auckland, New Zealand, 1023

PO Box 74541, Greenlane, Auckland, New Zealand, 1546