Andesite Architects create signature projects of architecture and light as a synthesis of design, function and context. Our vision for architecture is contemporary and timeless design. We encourage energy efficient designs that continually push boundaries and innovation in architecture. Our aim is to create spaces for our clients that feel happy, joyful, peaceful, harmonious and that are filled with light. We engage in environmentally sustainable design and construction in our approach towards architecture – an architecture of quality and distinction.


The practice was established in 2010 by the architect Swee Ngee Low and is involved in mostly residential architecture throughout New Zealand. We have a special interest in integrating quality lighting design in architecture, both in terms of maximizing natural daylight design and application of artificial lighting design. We engage in the use and play of light within the architectural space as an expression of the poetics of architecture.


Swee Ngee Low :

  • Registered Architect (NZ)
  • BArch (Hons) – Bachelor of Architecture (Honours), The University of Auckland 2003
  • BAS – Bachelor of Architectural Studies, The University of Auckland 2001
  • ANZIA – Associate of the New Zealand Institute of Architects
  • NZIA Practice – Andesite Architects Ltd is a member practice of NZIA


  • Been living in New Zealand for over 20 years since 1999.
  • Born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Moved to New Zealand for university architectural studies in Auckland, New Zealand. 
  • Spoken languages : English (native), Chinese: Mandarin, Hokkien, Cantonese and Malay.


Competition projects :

The SEED, Christchurch 

  • Runner-up award in Design for Post-Earthquake Resilience of Cities: Multi-disciplinary Design Ideas Competition 2011
  • International design competition organised by the New Zealand Society of Earthquake Engineering
  • Design collaboration project by Andesite Architects Ltd, Auckland and Superlight ApS, Copenhagen


Busan Opera House

  • Nominated for AAA Cavalier Bremworth Unbuilt Architecture Awards 2011 – Open Conceptual category
  • Participated in architectural exhibition at St. Paul St Gallery, Auckland
  • Design collaboration project by Andesite Architects Ltd, Auckland and Superlight ApS, Copenhagen



PLDC (Professional Lighting Design Convention)

  • Rotterdam 2019
  • Copenhagen 2013
  • London 2007

PLDC is an International network of lighting designers, architects, researchers, universities, industry and clients use PLDC as a platform to meet and learn about the latest developments in lighting design.

Personal architectural travel to Copenhagen to experience the latest architectural developments: 2019, 2013, 2009  


Swee Ngee Low

Registered Architect, Director
BAS    B.Arch (Hons)    ANZIA

4 Morning Star Terrace
Arthurs Point
Queenstown 9371