Steep Site Simplicity

Steep Site Simplicity add

A colourful home set among the vineyards and a home built on a challenging steep section were celebrated at the 2016 Nelson/Marlborough Regional ADNZ | Resene Architectural Design Awards.

Tony Karsten of Karsten Architectural Design Ltd was awarded a Residential New Home between 150m2 and 300m2 Architectural Design Award for his work on a Nelson hillside family home.

As there is limited flat land in Nelson, Tony has become somewhat a specialist in hill sites. However this very steep, thin site – just 19m wide, with an outlook to Tasman Bay and over Nelson city, was extremely challenging.

“The main factors being the practicalities of vehicle access and daylight, the setback rules from the surrounding residential lots and right of way. These factors dictated the general form of the house,” he says.

The finished product is a simple form – essentially a clean cantilevered box featuring lovely contrasts of plain white plaster against vertical cedar cladding. From the entry, the timber theme follows through the house, continuing with an oak floor and veneer joinery against an otherwise neutral palette.

“Spaces do not necessarily need to be large,” says Tony, “but if cleverly designed and positioned, they can provide intimate segregated and usable areas within a home.”
The kitchen is a case in point. The waterfall end of the white marble benchtop gives an elegant feel to what is essentially a budget kitchen. Compact, but well considered with recessed handles and careful attention to the location of fixtures, it is neatly designed and makes for a very practical use of the space space.

2016 is a very special year for ADNZ as the organisation celebrates its 50th year. CEO of ADNZ, Astrid Andersen said ADNZ is a proud organisation with a history of excellence in the design sector.

“These awards are one of the ways we celebrate our members and all the hard work they put in to every project. It is wonderful to showcase the talent of the region, and is a privilege. A warm congratulations goes to the Nelson Marlborough winners,” said Andersen.

Regional awards held across the country throughout June and July lead up to the national awards which will be held on Friday 28 October 2016.


Resene Colour in Design Award
Morice and Fowler by Ben Solomon of Nomolos

Residential New Home between 150m2 and 300m2 Architectural Design Award
Hillside House by Tony Karsten of Karsten Architectural Design