Supreme Design of the Year

Supreme Design of the Year add

It's an exciting time of year in the world of architecture - the chance for New Zealand's architects and architectural designers to see how they stack up among the best of the best that the industry has to offer.

The ADNZ | Resene Architectural Design Awards are all about celebrating the talent and creative excellence of ADNZ members. They're a fantastic opportunity for candidates to gain recognition and to promote their work to the public and their peers.

While winning an award on either a regional or national level is a huge achievement, the SUPREME award is the most sought after and well recognised in the industry and a nod to superiority in design excellence and innovation.

On Friday night the winner of this prestigious award was announced at a gala awards ceremony in the Bay of Islands.

So without delay, we are delighted to announce the 2014 ADNZ | Resene Architectural Design Awards Supreme winner is Waikato designer, Tane Cox of Red Architecture.

Tane took out the award for his beautiful design 'Modern Barn Form' - a subtle, economical and clever design centred on two black barn like structures located in the beautiful rural landscape of Whatawhata in the Waikato.

The design is simple and elegant, with one of the black barn structures housing the main living and sleeping areas for the property while the entry and ablutions are in block forms to the south. The secondary black barn form holds the garage which is detached from the main dwelling.

ADNZ General Manager, Astrid Andersen, said Cox's work is an exciting glimpse at where young designers are taking home building in New Zealand.

"This design is a true testament to the innovation and creativity of young New Zealand designers - in particular it demonstrates how young designers are proving inventiveness and good design is possible with a limited budget. It is such a cool, ingenious and economical design and I for one eagerly anticipate great things in the future for this talented designer. To be able to take something as simple as a barn structure and use that as the basis for such an astonishing design form is testament to the skill and ability of Tane. Architectural design should thrill, challenge and excite us and this work does all of that."

The judging panel were also impressed with Tane's work, commenting that the design was a fresh interpretation of a traditional form.

"A disciplined palette of colours and materials is enriched by the use of recycled materials and off the shelf elements. It is a clever and economical design using simple yet effective material selection creating a warm, functional modern industrial home."

In addition to the Supreme Award winner, eight designs from across the country were celebrated and awarded national awards at the ceremony. These designs were:

• Ducansby Road in Red Beach, Auckland designed by David Maurice of Ltd Architectural
• Norton House in Coromandel Town designed by Kris Wilson of Design House Architecture Ltd.
• SoYo in Christchurch designed by Chris Wheeler of Hierarchy Ltd.
• Marina Point in Fiji designed by Greg Young of Life Style Architecture.
• IL Viaggio in Shotover River by Gary Todd of Gary Todd Architecture.
• Heritage View Townhouses in Dunedin by Brent Alexander of The Design Studio.
• SiloStay in Little River by Pippin Wright-Stow of F3 Design
• Redwood Visitors Centre - Public Toilets in Rotorua by Darryl Church of Darryl Church Architecture Ltd.

Check out next week's Defign where we give you an inside look at all the national winners. In the meantime congratulations to all who took home an award!