Modern architecture is getting back to basics with a burgeoning renaissance of historic, earth-centred building techniques and materials. Take clay, for example. Used in a myriad of ways for thousands of years, this humble building material has sheltered communities in the harshest of climates for generations. In fact, archaeological evidence suggests that clay tile roofing has been used since as far back as 10,000 BC.
The sixties were a distinctive epoch, ushering in an iconic architectural typology and rooms furnished in the ‘contemporary’ style, heavily influenced by Scandinavian interiors and Danish design. Contemporising a sixties design with all its charming idiosyncrasies is no mean feat, but Colin Davis of Davista Architecture was up for the challenge with his ADNZ award-winning project ‘Motiti Reserve’, a major renovation project.