Held annually, the ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards celebrate the most innovative and creative architectural designs in the country. Awarding both residential and commercial designs, the awards identify stand-out new homes, interiors, alterations and additions and commercial spaces. To be eligible, entries have to designed by a member of Architectural Designers New Zealand.
This year the 2019 SUPREME award went to a small, two-bedroom, family home in Gisborne called ‘Huru House’. Designed by Andrew Simpson of Wiredog Architecture, the 140m2 Japanese influenced home overlooks Poverty Bay with views to Mahia Peninsula.
The house is a series of cedar boxes sitting on a deck that floats over its rural site. An exposed timber roof structure hovers over the cedar forms creating a light, feathered shelter for the home and its outdoor spaces.
SUPREME winner, Andrew Simpson of Wiredog Architecture, said the client encouraged a connection to Japanese architecture, without compromising the home’s New Zealand context.
“Planning of the home looks to traditional Japanese residential architecture, unfurling and stretching it into an eroded, linear form, suggesting a sense of progression and exploration as you move through the home. The use of exposed timber allows the celebration of timber as a construction material while also referencing Japanese carpentry,” Simpson said.
The layering of space between the interior and exterior of the home has been enhanced by the lowering of the door and windowsills so that the decking and floor are level. The surrounding earth has also been raised to create a gentle transition from the internal spaces to the surrounding grounds.
Simpson said the use of fully recessed doors and windows emphasises the simplicity of the ‘box’ forms by minimising the visual impact of the joinery.
The ADNZ judging panel highly praised the design by Simpson calling it incredible, exceptional and outstanding.
“The design finds inspiration from Japan and historical practices from New Zealand’s own architectural past. Pacific and Japanese timber traditions have been utilised, with weathered, softened, sanded timber minimally finished. The window mullions also reference the Japanese design practices, as does certain interior elements, like the traditional Japanese bath. The designer has successfully taken a small house and made it large. Special attention has been given to detail and materials in this exceptional home. From the exposed rafters, to the exposed beam ends, this level of refined detailing is not easy to achieve. There is a real individuality to the way the living spaces are arranged. Everything is bought together under the beautiful roof. Built on an impressive site that exudes calm, the home would be a special place to live. An outstanding project.”
Architectural Designers New Zealand CEO, Gregory Watts, said the home was a worthy winner of the SUPREME title.
“Small but exhaustively detailed, this home is a celebration of craftmanship. The location, the material selection, the finishes and the overall concept come together to tell a beautiful story,” said Watts.
In addition to the SUPREME Award winner, nine other projects were recognised throughout the country with national 2019 ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards. The winners are:
• ‘Shibui House’ by Tane Cox of Red Architecture
• ‘Gable Silhouette’ by Greg Young of Young Architects
• ‘Red Rock Lane’ by Nic Curragh of Objects Ltd
• ‘Hereford Apartments’ by Greg Young of Young Architects
• ‘Esplanade Alterations’ by Ben Brady of Linetype Architectural
• ‘Crowne Plaza’ by Robert Weir of Weir Architecture
• ‘Campus Wonderful Dairy & Fluid Café’ by Gary Todd of Gary Todd Architecture Ltd
• ‘Blackwell and Sons’ by James Mackie of Mackit Architecture
• ‘Coffee Culture The Crossing’ by Chris Wheeler of Hierarchy Architecture
Defign blog will be sharing more details on each of the national award winners over the coming months.