The holiday home in Hanmer Springs was created as a retreat for Allfrey’s family to enjoy. Similar to establishing a camp site, the architecture deliberately challenges our understanding of a dwelling to engage the family in a manner of living that fosters quality holiday making. It has been decorated and furnished using objects that have been found and loved and is a retreat crafted for memory making.
Judges said the playful collection of three hovering buildings stood out for many reasons and is a place for making lasting memories.
“It is drawn together around a recessed patio and timber decks to establish a familiar sense of a ‘campsite’, perhaps even ‘glampsite’. The project challenges local planning guidelines with a smile and a wink, a sense of fun that carries through into yellow highlights in the form of the tent pole, perforated metal screens, and the stairs. The buildings demonstrate a strong connection to New Zealand’s timber building tradition and steps that forward through their incorporation of prefabricated timber elements.”
CEO of Architectural Designers New Zealand, Astrid Andersen, said the win by Cymon Allfrey was well deserved and that if anyone should be celebrated for their contribution to New Zealand architecture - it should be Cymon.
“Cymon Allfrey has been a powerhouse in the Canterbury architecture scene for many years. He has contributed some incredible homes and commercial spaces that turn heads, dare to be different and carve their own path. We have been honoured to have awarded Cymon many awards over the years – almost too many to count. He is a mentor to many architects and architectural designers in Christchurch. He gives the industry his absolute all and we appreciate all he has done. Thank you Cymon,” says Andersen.
In addition to Cymon Allfrey’s SUPREME award, Architectural Designers New Zealand awarded seven other projects throughout New Zealand with 2018 ADNZ | Resene Architectural Design Awards. They were:
Award: Commercial Interior Architectural Design Award
Winner: Nixon Studio, Mark McLeay, Creative Arch
Location: Grey Lynn, Auckland.
Award: Residential New Home between 150m2 and 300m2 Architectural Design Award
Winner: Chain Mail, Adam Taylor, Adam Taylor Architecture
Location: Mt Maunganui
Award: Residential Interiors Architectural Design Award
Winner: Wooden Origami House, Will Tatton, Will Tatton Architecture
Award: Residential New Home over 300m2 Architectural Design Award
Winner: Glandovey Home, Cymon Allfrey & Don Roy, Cymon Allfrey Architects
Location: Strowan, Christchurch
Award: Residential Multi-Unit Dwelling Architectural Design Award
Winner: Latimer, Kelly Rush, Krush Architecture
Location: Christchurch Central
Award: Commercial/Industrial Architectural Design Award
Winner: Redcliffs Village Library, Greg Young, Young Architects
Location: Redcliffs, Christchurch
Award: Residential Alterations and Additions Architectural Design Award
Winner: Kotahi Avenue, Aaron Guerin, LAD Architecture
Location: Beerescourt, Hamilton
Award: Resene Colour in Design Award
Winner: A Cabin & Trees, Tane Cox, Red Architecture
Location: Tamahere, Waikato
Each of these projects will be featured in defign blog in the coming weeks and months. Congratulations to all the winners.