Otago/Southland Winners Announced

Otago/Southland Winners Announced add

On Friday night the Otago/Southland ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards acknowledged the talent of eight designers. Congratulations to Jennie Harding of Studio 8 Architectural Design, Daniel Friedrich of DF Design - Sustainable Architecture, Michael John of AO Architecture, Andrew Simpson of Wiredog Architecture, Gary Todd of Gary Todd Architecture Ltd, Murray Bennett of Murray Bennett Design Ltd, Cameron Grindlay of Dwelling Architectural Design and Nicholas Mann of AO Architecture.

Michael John of AO Architecture received two major awards for a project titled ‘Mount Gold Place’. The Lake Wanaka home won joint place in the Residential New Home over 300m2 Architectural Design Award category and the Resene Colour in Design Award.

Judges said the design is uncompromising on arrival but opens magnanimously to shared indoor and outdoor spaces.

“The wonderful timber cladding resembles tattooing or the lines of an etching. A strong form that makes for some really nice design moments.”

Michael John shared the Residential New Home over 300m2 Architectural Design Award with Andrew Simpson of Wiredog Architecture.

Andrew received the award for a design in Wanaka titled ‘Kanuka Valley House’.
A three-bedroom home, the design incorporates mental cladding with rammed earth and timber elements. The home is designed to have a stable internal environment during Wanaka’s harsh seasonal changes through the use of passive solar design, high performance window and door solutions, along with high levels of thermal mass.
Jennie Harding of Studio 8 Architectural Design won the Residential Compact New Home up to 150m2 Architectural Design Award for ‘Smith House’.

Located in Albert Town, the brief was to create a small, economical, warm home for a young couple. By keeping the spaces refined, Jennie was able to achieve a modest 95sqm main house and an additional 51sqm guest wing. Large expanses of glass to the north provide solar gain for the concrete floors and link the building with the garden beyond and give the illusion of space.

Judges said even though the home is made of concrete and clad in corrugated iron, the design is still humane, warm, materially interesting, and spatially varied.

Daniel Friedrich, of DF Design- Sustainable Architecture, won the Residential New Home between 150m2 and 300m2 Architectural Design Award for his design ‘Twin Peak House’.

Located in Jack’s Point in Queenstown, the house draws inspiration from its wider landscape.

Judges said that fire and ice meet in this lovely home, centered on a spectacular living space.

“The fireplace is backed by a schist wall and framed by custom triple-glazed windows that look out to snow-clad mountains. A toasty refuge in the southern wilds.”

Dunedin design ‘Campus Wonderful Dairy & Fluid Café’ by Gary Todd of Gary Todd Architecture Ltd won the Commercial/Industrial Architectural Design Award.

Located at the corner of Forth and Union Street in Dunedin, the project is a redeveloped site with a mixed-use building including a café, dairy and apartments.
The judges were blown away by the design saying it elevates daily living and exemplifies a much-needed urban typology.

Murray Bennett of Murray Bennett Design Ltd received a Highly Commended Award in the Residential New Home between 150m2 and 300m2 category for his work on ‘Threepwood Escape’ – a low-lying home design with views of The Remarkables.

Judges said that with discipline, the house resists the urge to sprawl at random into its rural site.

“The satisfying plan varies subtly from the symmetrical, and the interior design references the robust materials of barns and stables.”

Nicholas Mann of AO Architecture and Cameron Grindlay of Dwelling Architectural Design each received a Commended Award.

Nicholas Mann received a Commended Award in the Commercial/Industrial category for a Cromwell project title ‘Ree Crescent’.

Cameron Grindlay of Dwelling Architectural Design received a Commended Award in the Residential New Home between 150m2 and 300m2 category for a Dunedin project titled ‘Glasshouse’.

Architectural Designers New Zealand CEO, Gregory Watts, said it was easy to see why so many designers took inspiration from the natural beauty of the region.

“The Otago Southland region is an inspiring place. It is fantastic to see so many of the winning designers taking inspiration from the beauty of the region and creating homes that settle in and reflect their surroundings.”

Regional ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards will be held across the country from June through to August in the lead up to the national awards. National award winners and the Supreme Award winner will be announced on Friday 18 October 2019 in Queenstown.