Serene Forest Hideaway

Serene Forest Hideaway add

Remodelled bungalows, a repurposed heritage distillery and isolated getaways were recognised in the diverse line-up of winners celebrated at the 2016 Otago/Southland Regional ADNZ | Resene Architectural Design Awards.

This week travels deep into Otago's Taieri Plains to explore Woodside Cottage - a small isolated, forest property recently extended and revitalised by Gary Todd, of Gary Todd Architecture.

The starting point for the project was a 100 year old cottage with two small bedrooms, a 'meagre' bath and toilet room connected by a compact kitchen/dining living space. It really was a stark reminder of early life in Otago.

Gary Todd says the idea behind the award winning design for the cottage was to celebrate the cottage’s heritage components including traditional timber walls, small windows and a pitched roof and integrate them into a modern architectural composition.

"The kitchen provided a critical point between the existing cottage and the new extension and was used to create an open and direct connection, defining the transition between the contemporary and traditional aspects," Gary says.

The result is a delightful collection of indoor and outdoor rooms that are light and airy. Cedar clad interior doors are hidden and integrated within walls and overhead glazing allows light to filter between the rooms. The floating roof references the original cottage weatherboards with further reinforcement of this concept provided by the cedar clad steel portal frames. The plywood ceiling acts like a "tree canopy" and sits above extensive triple glazed stacker doors and glazed walls to create the feeling of glamorous camping within a forest environment.

The cottage's insulated polished concrete floor provides thermal mass for solar gain and is heated by a boiler while photovoltaic panels provide electricity. In line with the sustainability theme, rain water is collected for reuse and the wide roof eaves provide cross flow ventilation to cool the extension in summer.

This serene hideaway development will be an heirloom for many more generations and ensure Woodside cottage survives another 100 years of life on the Plains.


Residential Compact New Home - up tp 150m2 Architectural Design Award sponsored by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
Highly Commended - Waipahi Abode by Nathan Taylor of Taylored Spaces

Residential New Home between 150m2 -300m2 Architectural Design Award
Brownston Home by Diana Blake of Diana Blake Design

Residential New Home over 300m2 Architectural Design Award
Highly Commended - Ward Residence by Gary Todd of Gary Todd Architecture Ltd
Commended – The Lighthouse by Richard Wilden of Richard Wilden Design Ltd

Residential Alterations and Additions Architectural Design Award
Woodside Cottage by Gary Todd of Gary Todd Architecture Ltd
Highly Commended – Virginia Avenue by Ian Booth of Insite Design

Residential Interiors Architectural Design Award
Commended – Bungalow Reborn by Cameron Grindlay of Dwelling Architectural Design Ltd

Commercial Interior Architectural Design Award sponsored by Gib
Wilsons Distillery by Gary Todd of Gary Todd Architecture Ltd

Resene Colour in Design Award
Brownston Home by Diana Blake of Diana Blake Design

Regional Peoples Choice
Woodland Cottage by Cameron Grindlay of Dwelling Architectural Design