Auckland’s energetic designs win judges’ affections

Auckland’s energetic designs win judges’ affections add

Effortlessly marrying old world and new world architecture; honouring sustainable design principles; creating dynamic commercial spaces that celebrate their structure and surrounds; Auckland/Northland’s ADNZ Resene | Architectural Design Award Winners submitted entries for the 2018 awards that were nothing short of extraordinary.

A respected and highly anticipated celebration of innovation and exceptionally designed projects, the Auckland/Northland awards, held on Friday 29 June, were the first regional awards in a series held from June-mid August. These regional awards will culminate in the National Award Winners and Supreme Award Winner announcements on Friday 26 October 2018.

This year, six awards and three commends were awarded to three designers in the Auckland/Northland regional round. The award winners were Mark McLeay of Creative Arch, Joseph Long of LTD Architectural Design Studio, and Allan McIntosh of Buildology LTD.

Mark McLeay, a major winner on the night, taking away four awards and one commended, earned the Residential New Home between 150m2 and 300m2 Architectural Design Award for his project titled ‘Arkles Bay’.

The residence, in Whangaparaoa, is a four bedroom home that has entered into a harmonious relationship with its surrounds, nestled quietly and unobtrusively amongst the branches of New Zealand’s beloved Pohutukawa Tree.

While complete privacy from the street is afforded by clever design, the property’s vantage point offers magnificent views of Arkles Bay. Vertical metal cladding glides up and over an enigmatic angular form which is situated close to a cliff edge. A sense of beautiful mystery envelopes the design, as a captive audience at street level marvelling at the design can only see small, tantalizing details - glimpses of glazing, living areas, cedar cladding and low-maintenance bagged masonry.

Strategically situated outdoor areas populate the edges of the home, sheltered against prevailing and unpredictable winds. At the rear of the site, façades are softened with the introduction of a careful combination of materials and forms while the angular roof form ties a single storey garage to the first floor bedroom and living spaces, folding gently over the rectangular southeastern façade.

A central masterpiece is the stairwell, framed by double-height glazing that works synergistically with an aligned skylight and void. The striking outcome is a light well through the heart of the home over an interior garden.

The dynamism of the design is a common denominator between all of the Auckland/Northland’s ADNZ Resene | Architectural Design Award Winners. Architectural Designers New Zealand CEO, Astrid Andersen, said that Auckland excelled in the regional round and judging was tough.

“Year-on-year the competition gets bigger and more challenging. In Auckland, we have seen that not only are our much-loved villas and bungalows in very safe hands, but our commercial spaces are being taken to new heights. The future is bright for Auckland architecture.”

AUCKLAND/NORTHLAND ADNZ | RESENE ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN REGIONAL AWARD WINNERS

Residential New Home between 150m2 and 300m2 Architectural Design Award awarded to Arkles Bay Residence by Mark McLeay of Creative Arch

Commended in the Residential New Home 150m2 and 300m2 Architectural Design Award Category given to Rangitopuni Residence by Mark McLeay of Creative Arch

Commended in the Residential New Home over 300m2 Architectural Design Award Category given to Byrne House by Joseph Long of LTD Architectural Design Studio

Residential Alterations and Additions Architectural Design Award awarded to Bannerman Road Residence by Mark McLeay of Creative Arch

Commended in the Residential Alterations and Additions Architectural Design Award Category given to Roseberry Avenue by Joseph Long of LTD Architectural Design Studio

Residential Interiors Architectural Design Award awarded to Roseberry Avenue by Joseph Long of LTD Architectural Design Studio

Commercial/Industrial Architectural Design Award awarded to Nixon Studio by Mark McLeay of Creative Arch

Commercial Interior Architectural Design Award awarded to Nixon Studio by Mark McLeay of Creative Arch

Resene Colour in Design Award awarded to Hidden Spaces by Allan McIntosh of Buildology Ltd