The winning Wellington designers were James Mackie of Mackit Architecture, Michael Holmes of Holmes Architecture, Ben Gilpin of Gilplans Architecture, Tim Wernham-Doo of Constructive Architecture Ltd, Ian Rattray of IR Group Ltd and Tushka Glintmeyer and Nathan Rooney of SPACE Architecture Studio Ltd. Matthew Janes of PAK Design Ltd took out an award for the Taranaki/Whanganui/Manawatu region.
James Mackie of Mackit Architecture won the Wellington/Wairarapa Residential New Home between 150m2 and 300m2 Architecture Award for his design ‘Urban’s Fault’.
Located in Thorndon, on a city-fringe corner site, the home was designed for a private, professional couple that wanted the focus of the design on mitigating the environmental factors of the urban site, in particular its lack of privacy and close proximity to the Wellington Faultline and the Urban Motorway.
To achieve privacy, Mackie introduced stepped block walls around the northern perimeter, which faces a busy intersection, to create a private courtyard garden. The western elevation sits on the edge of the footpath, acting as a boundary wall, with carefully positioned angled windows. These let light into the communal spaces, without allowing pedestrians to see in. Switchable glass was used on the lowest window, for added privacy from the elevated homes opposite.
To meet the brief requirement of a high earthquake rating, Mackie worked closely with engineer, Jared Sullivan, to design a bespoke suspended foundation system. This consisted of Prolam timber piles concreted into deep augured footings, with bolted connections to Prolam bearers. This system also allows for an accelerated recovery process after a major seismic event.
The judging panel were impressed by Mackie’s thoughtful response and his ability to create an inviting property on an uninviting site.
Tim Wernham-Doo of Constructive Architecture Ltd won two architecture awards for his design ‘Card Cres’ located in Featherstone, Wairarapa. The project took out the Wellington/Wairarapa Regional Residential Alterations and Addition Architectural Design Award and the Wellington/Wairarapa Residential Interiors Architectural Design Award.
The renovations focused on the South, living end of the house. A rabbit warren of cold and dimly lit spaces, the renovation hoped to counteract this with greater connection to the surrounding outdoor environment, and architecture that would promote a modern and sustainable lifestyle.
By removing unnecessary walls, increasing window and door sizes and introducing natural light, through skylights, a sense of volume and connectedness with the outdoors was achieved. Architecturally stylised as a modern take on farm-style living, the generous kitchen was situated to take best advantage of an adjoining vege garden and orchard. As a dominant feature it promotes reciprocity with nature, encouraging a healthy lifestyle and increased resilience for the client’s growing family.
With a lot of passion for the project, Tim Wernham-Doo undertook the design of the renovation and hand built all the internal joinery himself.
“My clients had an extremely tight budget but wanted something unique that worked in harmony with their mid-century aesthetic. The existing house had good bones but was poorly arranged. We saw this as an opportunity to repurpose demolition material and craft it into something distinctive. Rimu framing was repurposed to highlight the joinery and features like the tiled hearth designed by abstract artist David Brown. Gaboon ply was chosen for its subtle grain and rich colour which works harmoniously with the Rimu detailing. Brass detailing throughout compliments the richness of the wood and is used as a device to create voids in the volume of the ply, giving a sense of effortless dexterity. The solid Kauri kitchen island takes pride of place. The Kauri had been in the family for some time serving as an outdoor bench. Now repurposed, it sings for the next generation,” says Wernham-Doo.
Architectural Designer, Michael Holmes of Holmes Architecture, won a Wellington/Wairarapa Regional Residential New Home over 300m2 Architectural Design Award for his project ‘Krause House’, he received a Highly Commended Award in the Residential New Home between 150m2 and 300m2 Category for his work on ‘Horse & Cart House’, and a Commended Award in the Residential Alterations and Additions Category for ‘Stewart Renovation’.
On approach to ‘Krause House’ via a quaint private lane way, the finished building is almost rebelliously modern and provides a visual pop of contemporary sculpture within the established suburban setting.
Judges likened the design to a finely finished tree house, popping its timber slatted cabin-like profile up into the canopy of the trees of its neighbourhood.
Ben Gilpin of Gilplans Architecture received three Commended Awards and the Wellington/ Wairarapa Resene Colour in Design Award. He received a Commended Award in the Residential New Home between 150m2 and 300m2 Category for his design ‘Winara’ in Waikanae. A Commended Award in the Residential New Home over 300m2 Category for his design ‘Huia’,. and a Commended Award in the Commercial/Industrial Category for his Paraparumu project ‘Studio Signs’.
The Wellington/Wairarapa Resene Colour in Design Award was awarded to Gilpin for a motel project, ‘Littel’, in Otaki.
The motel was to be an experimental model with no in-house managers living on-site and a digitally automated operation. The exterior needed to be low maintenance and have a good street appeal. A repeat design based on three different unit types which were arranged around the building in a manner to create symmetry to the exterior façade and provide efficient construction was selected.
The Resene Colour judges loved the small, delicate pops of colour that transform an ordinary concrete wall to one full of joy and delight.
Tushka Glintmeyer and Nathan Rooney of SPACE Architecture Studio Ltd received a Commended Award in the Residential Alterations and Additions Category for a design titled ‘Turutu’.
A 1940’s bach, on a beachfront section, the existing bach had charm but it was cold and draughty with a basic bathroom and utility spaces. However rather than demolish the existing bach, Space Architecture Studio suggested a solution could be provided with its retention, adding space as required to fulfil the brief, building on and improving what already existed.
As a result, the design of the house utilises the existing bach form, with additions to accommodate a kitchen and dining area and a garage on the upper level and a sunroom on the lower level. These forms change the composition from a simple gable, to a form with an undulating roof, enveloping and protecting the eastern side while opening the northern and western facades to sun and spectacular views.
The final award of the evening went to designer Ian Rattray of IR Group Ltd for his work on the modernisation of a Wainuioru School Classroom in Masterton. He received a regional Commended Award in the Commercial/ Industrial Interiors Category.
Judges wanted to award this project because not only did it have a very tight budget, but it clearly achieved a large impact on the daily lives of students and teachers.
The ‘Fielding Stronghold’, designed by Matthew Janes of PAK Design Ltd, received the Taranaki/Whanganui/Manawatu Resene Colour in Design Award.
The home, located in Fielding, is a clever combination of concrete, timber and dark metals that allow for the perfect blend of modern semi industrial aesthetic and an easily liveable home.
Judges said the industrial design has been effortlessly softened with smoked, pastel hues to create a home full of heart and soul.
Matthew Janes said the owner of the home had only one stipulation, that he wanted a significant use of concrete to reflect his long-standing business in farming.
Well done to all the winners.