Celebrating the Gable Form

Celebrating the Gable Form add

Greg Young of Young Architects was a major award winner at the 2019 ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards, taking home two national awards for two projects. He won the 2019 Residential New Home over 300m2 Architectural Design Award for his Merivale project titled ‘Gable Silhouette’ and the Residential Multi-Unit Dwelling Architectural Design Award for ‘Hereford Apartments’.

A simple family home, ‘Gable Silhouette’, is focused on the enjoyment of living. The aesthetic has been inspired by the early work of Sir Miles Warren and the architecture of Central Otago, for this reason a simple gable form was chosen for the home. Timber and stone have been used throughout with black cedar cladding and white gables selected to accentuate the simplicity and strength of the form.

ADNZ Judges said that Greg had done an excellent job of successfully placing a large executive home, while maintaining a single gable, on a long narrow site.

“The use of braces and straps on trusses introduces a strong graphic element and the roof line adds a shadowing element to the look and feel. The white of the interior makes the cedar trusses and dark ceilings pop. The graphic elements work really well, with the dark ceiling tying it all together. The dark ceiling gives the home a strong sense of volume and depth.”

The other award-winning project, created by Greg titled Hereford Apartments, was the design of four one-bedroom apartments on a 405sqm site in the Christchurch inner city.
A contemporary triple gable design, the townhouses have been clad in black Colorsteel tray, with recessed areas clad in plywood. The two ground floor apartments are 60sqm each, while the first-floor dwellings are slightly larger at 74sqm. The lower apartments have courtyards, while the upper apartments have attention grabbing balconies, set back to give the lower courtyards a degree of privacy. The balconies are a focal point of the design and are lined with plywood giving them an almost golden presence against the black cladding.

ADNZ Judges said Greg had successfully created four tiny single-bedroom units of rare spatial quality.

“Spatial interest and outdoor entertaining spaces have been cleverly packed into compact plans under a memorable triple-gable roof.”

Greg said the two designs stand out from an aesthetic perspective because they reinforce how the New Zealand vernacular gable form is still very relevant and fits so well into an urban context.

“They stand out because they’re not trying to stand out,” he said.

These two awards were extra special on a personal level for Greg who has been working within the difficult Christchurch rebuild environment.

“The emotional toll this has taken on everyone involved has been in a lot of ways more devastating than the physical destruction of the earthquakes themselves - these two projects symbolize a positive result ... a phoenix rising from the ashes”.