Mid-Century Masterpiece

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Taranaki designer Tony Biesiek took out an impressive four awards at the 2016 Taranaki, Wanganui and Manawatu Regional ADNZ | Resene Architectural Design Awards.

This week, defign.blog takes a look at Northcott II - Tony's double regional award winning design, inspired by the modernist architecture of Palm Springs, USA.

Judges commented the design was a local twist on well understood architectural territoy; "The project is a counterpoint to the norms of suburban building fabric. Breezeblocks and planting set up a subtropical oasis within which horizontal planes appear to rest on heavy Te Kuiti stone walls."

The Te Kuiti limestone cladding is indeed the standout feature. It leads you into the interior through a series of solid, seamless walls to the centre of the home, where there is an impressive open fire and bold chimney.

Tony clearly enjoyed working with the natural material, sourced from a central North Island quarry…

"There is something mesmerising about seeing crates of rough stone on site in rumbled form, then the transformation of the same, into ordered forms," he says.
Sustainable Tasmanian Oak plank flooring and wool carpet in a neutral earthy tone contribute to a sense of warmth, permanence and calm. The oak theme continues through the kitchen cabinetry, office joinery, master bedroom custom wardrobe joinery and bedroom wall panelling.

Tony's concept for the home successfully embraces his clients' passion for mid-century eclecticism.

"The interior needed to complement their collection of period furniture, fixtures and fittings yet maintain a level of detail and excitement that would ensure it was beautiful in its own right," he says.

Tony describes the project as an interpretation of mid-century modernism that works and responds to present day New Zealand living and environmental factors.
Northcott II is certainly a delight for fans of mid-century modernism.

ADNZ CEO Astrid Andersen said ADNZ is delighted to give designers, like Tony Biesiek, the recognition they deserve.

"Year after year, designers like Tony strive for excellence. The ADNZ | Resene Architectural Design Awards is the perfect platform for designers to show their peers, clients and loved ones how talented they really are. It is an honour to be part of such an exciting and inspiring event," says Astrid.

Congratulations to all and here are the winners…


Residential New Home between 150sqm-300sqm Architectural Design Award and a Commended in the Interior Design Category
Northcott II by Tony Biesiek of Imagine Building Design

Residential over 300sqm Architectural Design Award and Regional People's Choice award
May Residence by Tony Biesiek of Imagine Building Design

Commended Residential Alterations and Additions
Pettigrew House by Tony Biesiek of Imagine Building Design

Resene Colour in Design Award and a Commended in the Commercial/Industrial design category
Cervus by Matthew Janes of Pak Design

Highly Commended in the Residential Compact New Home category - sponsored by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
Hey Jude by Richard Milne of R Design