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Massimiliano Capocaccia Architecture Studio (MCAS) is an award-winning  Christchurch-based architecture firm known for its innovative approach and strong commitment to sustainable design practices. Operating across New Zealand, including Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown, and the South Island West Coast, as well as internationally, MCAS has worked on a diverse range of projects.

Our portfolio includes small house renovations, new residential builds, and larger commercial developments. At the core of MCAS is a dedication to creating spaces that meet clients' needs while positively impacting the environment and occupants' well-being.

Founder Max specializes in creating airtight homes, implementing energy-efficient solutions, and utilizing low-toxic materials. MCAS excels in designing sustainable spaces without compromising aesthetics or functionality. Whether integrating passive solar design principles, incorporating renewable energy systems, or employing innovative building techniques, we prioritize projects that minimize environmental impact while maximizing efficiency and comfort.

MCAS also focuses on designs promoting self-sufficiency and resilience, especially in disaster-ready dwellings, pushing the boundaries of sustainable living.

With a commitment to excellence and sustainability, Massimiliano Capocaccia Architecture Studio is dedicated to shaping a built environment that harmonizes with nature and enhances the lives of its inhabitants.



Max was exposed to the foundations of design from an early age and worked at his father's practice in his native Rome. He completed a Masters in architecture and later established his own practice also in Rome. In 2007 he moved to New Zealand and worked with Athfield Architects before establishing MC Architecture Studio ltd in 2009.

Collaboration is a consistent feature of the studio and Max is committed to developing local and international networks to cross-pollinate ideas and maintain his connection and currency with best practice and new conceptual thinking. He strongly believes that interaction develops professionalism and human potential. Although strongly influenced by European standards, processes and aesthetics, Max takes inspiration from many sources. He has travelled extensively and completed his master's thesis in India where he explored low cost housing. Inspiration comes also from sports and the natural environment - the ocean and the mountains particularly - as well as music and arts. Max is passionate about built environments that attract and inspire- whether as a public civic building, a retail space or that most personal of buildings - one's own home.

Member of New Zealand Institute of Architects

Registered Architect in New Zealand & in Europe

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