New Zealand’s best houses of 2016

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Housing category winner: Bramasole, Auckland by Herbst Architects.

Housing category winner: Bramasole, Auckland by Herbst Architects. Image: Patrick Reynolds

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Housing category winner: E-Type House, Auckland by RTA Studio.

Housing category winner: E-Type House, Auckland by RTA Studio. Image: Patrick Reynolds

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Housing category winner: Fold House, Bay of Islands by Bossley Architects.

Housing category winner: Fold House, Bay of Islands by Bossley Architects. Image: Simon Devitt

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Housing category winner: Tom’s House, Queenstown by Anna-Marie Chin Architects.

Housing category winner: Tom’s House, Queenstown by Anna-Marie Chin Architects. Image: David Straight

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Housing category winner: The Wanaka House, Wanaka by Lovell and O’Connell Architects.

Housing category winner: The Wanaka House, Wanaka by Lovell and O’Connell Architects. Image: Patrick Reynolds

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Housing category winner: K Valley House, Coromandel by Herbst Architects.

Housing category winner: K Valley House, Coromandel by Herbst Architects.

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Housing – Alts & Adds category winner: Belmont Garden Room, Auckland by Mitchell & Stout Architects and Rachel Dodd in association.

Housing – Alts & Adds category winner: Belmont Garden Room, Auckland by Mitchell & Stout Architects and Rachel Dodd in association.

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Housing – Multi-Unit category winner: Mary Potter Apartments, Christchurch by Warren and Mahoney Architects.

Housing – Multi-Unit category winner: Mary Potter Apartments, Christchurch by Warren and Mahoney Architects. Image: Peter Cui

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Housing – Multi-Unit category winner: Zavos Corner, Wellington by Parsonson Architects. This project also won the Sir Ian Athfield Award for Housing.

Housing – Multi-Unit category winner: Zavos Corner, Wellington by Parsonson Architects. This project also won the Sir Ian Athfield Award for Housing. Image: Jeff Brass

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Nine of New Zealand’s best houses have been honoured in the 2016 New Zealand Architecture Awards, from a plant-filled garden room extension to a set of rental units for the elderly in a community housing project.

Housing – Multi-Unit category winner: Zavos Corner, Wellington by Parsonson Architects. This project also won the Sir Ian Athfield Award for Housing. Image:  Jeff Brass

New Zealand’s highest award for architectural achievement in housing, the Sir Ian Athfield Award went to a multi-unit development in Wellington, Zavos Corner, designed by Parsonson Architects.

“Zavos Corner would be a great project at any time, but is especially welcome when the country is in such need of high-quality, medium-density rental housing,” the jury said. “The architect and client should be congratulated for fighting so hard to realize this project.”

In addition to winning the Sir Ian Athfield Award for Housing,  Zavos Corner also received an award in the Housing – Multi Unit category, as did the Mary Potter apartments designed by Warren and Mahoney. The project comprises 12 market-rental units for elderly residents that had been integrated into an existing housing project, which the jury said “shows deep respect for the social mission of the client and the needs of the residents.”

Six new standalone houses received awards in the Housing category.

Bramasole, a house at Waimauku in west Auckland designed by Herbst Architects, was described by the jury as a “graceful and elegant house.”

Housing category winner: E-Type House, Auckland by RTA Studio. Image:  Patrick Reynolds

E-Type House in Grey Lynn, Auckland was designed by Richard Naish of RTA Studio for his own family. The jury said the house “tips its hat to the neighbourhood’s prevailing villa typology, while allowing for a relaxed progress through a long and narrow site.”

Fold House at Waipiro Bay in the Bay of Islands, designed by Bossley Architects, was described by the jury as “generous, calm, and superbly detailed, and offers a lovely, relaxed progression of spaces,” while Tom’s House by Anna-Marie Chin Architects in Queenstown was described as “a very clever piece of work that meets the needs and relatively modest budget of the client while challenging the design rules and constraints of an upmarket residential estate.”

The jury said Wanaka House by Lovell and O’Connell Architects is inventive and contemporary “but its design and strong, simple material palette acknowledges New Zealand’s 1970s architectural tradition.”

Housing – Alts & Adds category winner: Belmont Garden Room, Auckland by Mitchell & Stout Architects and Rachel Dodd in association.

In the Housing – Alterations and Additions category, one award was given to the Belmont Garden Room designed by Mitchell and Stout Architects and Rachel Dodd in association. The jury said, this “clever, artful and frugal extension” to a small state house (public housing) on Auckland’s North Shore had “liberated the house” and that the “influences are well-chosen [with] mid-century New Zealand timber modernism and Japanese design.”

Herbst Architecture also won an award for K Valley House located near Thames on the North Island. The house used recycled materials and fittings, and the jury said “the commitment to a rural idiom is clearly signalled by the rusted corrugated iron sheets on the exterior.”

Sir Ian Athfield Award for Housing

Zavos Corner, Wellington – Parsonson Architects

Housing

Bramasole, Auckland – Herbst Architects

E-Type House, Auckland – RTA Studio

Fold House, Bay of Islands – Bossley Architects

Tom’s House, Queenstown – Anna-Marie Chin Architects

The Wanaka House, Wanaka – Lovell and O’Connell Architects

K Valley House, Coromandel – Herbst Architects

Housing – Alterations and Additions

Belmont Garden Room, Auckland – Mitchell and Stout Architects and Rachel Dodd in association

Housing – Multi Unit

Mary Potter Apartments, Christchurch – Warren and Mahoney Architects

Zavos Corner, Wellington – Parsonson Architects

In all, 28 buildings and structures received honours in the 2016 New Zealand Architecture Awards.

The awards jury, led by Christchurch architect Jasper van der Lingen and comprising Auckland architects Megan Edwards and Michael O’Sullivan, and Melbourne-based architect Andrew Maynard, visited 50 shortlisted buildings from the Bay of Islands to Central Otago.

“All of the award-winners are highly impressive projects,” said van der Lingen. “They go above competence to reach excellence. They set the benchmark for architectural achievement in New Zealand.”

The full list winners from the 2016 New Zealand Architecture Awards can be viewed here.

The New Zealand Architecture Awards is a programme run by the New Zealand Institute of Architects with the support of Resene, which has sponsored the Architecture Awards programme for 25 years.


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