Keeping a big idea simple

Keeping a big idea simple add

Last month Tane Cox of Red Architecture won the Resene Colour in Design Award at the ADNZ | Resene Architectural Design Awards. He received the award for his work on a beautifully simple and carefully considered home in Tamahere titled ‘A Cabin & Trees’.

A modest dwelling on a tree filled site in a semi-rural location, the brief was for a guest accommodation to accompany a larger dwelling. Design challenges to be addressed included retaining the tree-scape, managing foliage from seasonal change and creating a structure that represented its environment well. The surrounding trees were considered important in the design approach and so a structure was built that directly references a tree’s basic atomy. Cedar timber layers the exterior in its entirety. Soft warm Siberian larch layers the interior living spaces.

Tane Cox says the success of the project came from keeping a big idea simple.

“We kept it really consistent. Consistent cladding on the exterior and a consistent aesthetic in the interior. Though the palette choice is light and subtle, it is very intentional. It is definitely not bold or bright, but it was deliberate. I think this is also what attracted the Resene judges to the project,” says Tane.

The Resene judges said that the brief had clearly been met with an effective use of materials, textures and colours.

“The exterior stain effortlessly blends into the tree filled site and will continue to do so as the seasons change. Paint colours have been used successfully to reference the soft, warm Siberian larch. Natural and artificial light has been carefully considered to maximise warmth and enhance the natural tones.”

Tane says the natural material choice worked well for the modern design.

“The use of timber really softens a modern build. It is warm and natural and an effective way to make a contemporary home inviting,” says Tane.

Architectural Designers New Zealand CEO, Astrid Andersen, said Tane Cox is a regular face at the awards podium, even winning the Supreme ADNZ award a few years ago for a very popular black barn.

“Tane has a very distinctive design aesthetic. All of his award-winning homes have been well executed and the colours and materials have been carefully selected. Well done to Tane on his latest award.”