Otago/Southland Architecture Winners Celebrated

Otago/Southland Architecture Winners Celebrated add

The Otago/Southland ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards were held last night, with four designers celebrated from the region. The awards are one of the most prestigious and highly anticipated architecture awards in the country.

The award-winning designers were Nathan Taylor of Taylored Spaces Ltd, Pete Barham of Open Architecture Limited, Matthew Anderson-Stewart of MAS Architecture and Cameron Grindlay of Dwelling Architectural Design.

Nathan Taylor of Taylored Spaces Ltd won the Otago/Southland Residential New Home up to 150m2 Architectural Design Award and the Otago/Southland Resene Colour in Design Award for a Dunedin project titled ‘Jason Street Glass House’. A modernist glass house, inspired by Philip Johnson’s Glass House and Miles van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House, it is built across a steep gully, surrounded by native bush with a stream running directly below.

There were many design constraints to consider, however Taylor said they provided a great opportunity for a creative solution.

“The bridge like steel structure is deliberately expressed as a design element, while the exposed concrete slab stores solar energy from the expansive glazing elements, providing passive heating. Floor to ceiling windows and doors provide transparency to the surrounding bush and enhance the bridge like structure, reducing the dwellings scale and enhancing the light touch the building has to the land,” he said.

Judges said a homage to famous Modernist architects and classic minimal designs, like those of Philip Johnson and Mies van der Rohe, will naturally invite comparison and inevitably fall short but that is why it is so special when a design appears like this, that not only goes the distance but exceeds expectations.

Cameron Grindlay of Dwelling Architectural Design received recognition for two projects. His design ‘Harbour Views’, located in Dunedin, received the Otago/Southland Commended Award in the Residential Interiors Category. While his project ‘Te Waka Huia’ won the Otago Southland Commercial/ Industrial Architectural Design Award.

‘Te Waka Huia’ is a new Visual and Performing Arts Centre at St Hilda’s Collegiate School. The underlying design narrative was proposed by the Head of the Art Department based on a waka huia. A waka huia is a treasure box, used by Maori to hold precious adornments. In this case the staff, students, and the work they create is the precious treasure held within.

The Performing Arts Centre needed to contain spaces for dance, drama, live performance, photography and visual art. With the school’s location in an inner-city residential area. The acoustic and mass effects of the large building had to be considered both for performances and for the neighbours.

The judges were impressed with how the design artfully avoided the predictable pitfalls of a performing arts centre, by creating something that is neither ostentatious and showy nor boxy and anonymous. Instead the result is a design that suits the scale of a suburban neighbourhood, while affording all the necessary activities required within by gently raking up from single story at the entrance, through to the crescendo at the double height performance space.

Pete Barham of Open Architecture Limited received the Otago/Southland Highly Commended Award in the Residential New Home over 300m2 Category for his work on a holiday home for a young family to enjoy Lake Wanaka.

Judges said the spaces of ‘Wanaka House’ embrace a central outdoor courtyard, protecting it from the harsh winds, while maintaining a generous ceiling height.

Matthew Anderson-Stewart of MAS Architecture received the Otago Southland Commended Award in the Residential Alterations and Additions Category for an ‘Arrowtown Cottage’ project.

Gregory Watts, CEO of Architectural Designers New Zealand said the projects coming out of the Otago Southland region were imaginative and courageous.

“From performing art centres, through to homes that defy gravity, we have been blown away by the bold and incredible talent from the Otago/Southland region,” said Watts.