OTHER HOUSES Over the last few years we have been conducting design projects looking at New Zealand alternatives to the house. This paper reports on what turned out to be a typological study articulating the significations and characteristics of the house. THE HUT The primitive hut appears throughout history and in all cultures. It has been proposed that it represents a return to origins, a longing for an uncontaminated paradise. Huts existed in indigenous New Zealand and in contemporary times remain part of the wilderness landscape. THE COTTAGE The cottage is a small house in the country. Modest in plan and form, the cottage is implicated in issues surrounding the picturesque with the garden mediating its relation with the landscape. In New Zealand, the first dwelling introduced by the European colonists during the nineteenth century was a cottage made of timber approximating the vernacular dwelling of the 'home' country. THE VILLA The villa is a large country house. Located in contrast to the city, its plan and garden establish a formal relation to the landscape. New Zealand has a suburban timber version developed at the end of the nineteenth century. It is characterised by axial planning and a hierarchal organisation from street front to rear. THE BUNGALOW The bungalow is a little country house It has been identified as an international cultural phenomenon deeply implicated in colonial issues. New Zealand has a version of the bungalow that originated in America in the first part of this century. Termed a Californian bungalow it signified the informal and progressive. It was built in the rapidly expanding suburbs and has associations with the escape from work and the domestic as consumable. THE BACH The bach is a local version of the holiday house. The name derives from bachelor and denotes an escape from women and the domestic. The bach relates directly to nature which ideally remains untouched. It is characterised by what it lacks such as 'proper' cooking, eating and washing facilities. Free from the restraint of the proper it is the site for architectural innovation. CONCLUSION This sequence of types turns out to be a critical study of house forms and also a history of houses in New Zealand. These alternative houses are characterised by the desire for renewal and return to origins yet demonstrate the tendency to revert to the very houses that they are an attempt to escape from. As New Zealand Is other to the world so houses in New Zealand are other to proper houses. This paper will be illustrated with examples and student work.