The Best of the Best

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There were some incredible winning designs at this year's ADNZ | Resene Architectural Design Awards! With designers from around the country putting forward some thought provoking, intelligent, stylish and awe inspiring work to our judging panel. However there can only be a few who walk away with a coveted National title under their belt.

Let's take a look at this year's winning designs!

"Modern Barn Form" by Tane Cox of Red Architecture
AND Joint winner of Residential Interiors Architectural Design Award

The SUPREME award is highly sought after and recognised in the industry as a nod to superiority in design excellence and innovation. Each year winners of regional and national ADNZ | Resene Architectural Design awards compete for the prestigious title, and this year the award went to Waikato designer Tane Cox of Red Architecture. His barn styled home design "Modern Barn Form" wowed with its subtle, economical and clever design centred on two black barn like structures. The judging panel were impressed with Cox's fresh interpretation of the barn's traditional form. They congratulated him on his clever and economical design, enriched by a disciplined palette of colours and recycled materials.

Residential Alterations and Additions Architectural Design Award
"Norton House" by Kris Wilson of Design House Architecture Ltd

Waikato Designer Kris Wilson's stunning conversion of a simple coastal home into a bold and elegant design earned him recognition at this year's awards. The design brief called for a modern yet simplistic aesthetic with a layout ideal for entertaining and a laid-back coastal lifestyle. The judges were impressed with Wilson's ability to absorb the existing home into a clear disciplined plan with crisp detailing. Wilson's use of colours and materials create a fantastic collection of calm spaces from where the gorgeous natural environment can be enjoyed and admired.

Resene Colour in Design Award
"SoYo" by Chris Wheeler of Hierarchy Ltd.

This frozen yoghurt store in Riccarton, Christchurch is a fun design with a big focus on colour. The "SoYo" brand called for a colourful and textured design brought to life by playful wall illustrations along with quirky fittings which promote a warm and welcoming vibe. The judging panel were impressed with Wheeler's excellent use of bold colours alongside natural textures and materials. They said the fun and funky interiors made this design a well-deserving winner.

Joint winner of Residential Interiors Architectural Design Award
International Entry - "Marina Point" by Greg Young of Life Style Architecture

This holiday home in Denerau, Fiji was designed for the use of two Kiwi families, but instead of embracing New Zealand traditions, this home is very much Fijian. Much like local resorts in the area, this home is comprised of four bures with separate boardwalk access. It was put together largely with locally sourced materials such as native Fijian timbers, woven mats and concrete. This design was big on environmental responsibility, taking advantage of the strengths of local workers and craftspeople.

Residential New Home over 300m2 Architectural Design Award, sponsored by James Hardie
"Il Viaggio - Shotover River" by Gary Todd of Gary Todd Architecture

This stunning home is set on a ten acre rural block and merges onto the terraces overlooking the Shotover River. It offers a breath-taking view of Coronet Peak and the surrounding mountains. In a naturally beautiful part of New Zealand, the judges were impressed with the robust forms of the house which matched the scale and texture of the alpine landscape. They congratulated Todd on a well resolved and consistently detailed design which although large, still managed to combine grandeur with intimate spaces.

Residential Multi-Unit Dwelling Architectural Design Award
"Heritage View Townhouses" by Brent Alexander of The Design Studio

Brent Alexander's Dunedin townhouses were initially set a real challenge, with the requirement that the townhouses fit in with the surrounding Victorian buildings. While meeting this challenge, these townhouses are still modern, and larger than they appear at 190sqm. Residents are treated to private barbeque areas and large windows which allow for desirable harbour views. The judges praised Brent Alexander’s design for meeting the challenging parameters and said his design is a worthy contribution to urban intensification.

Commercial Interior Architectural Design Award Sponsored by Gib
"SiloStay" in Little River by Pippin Wright-Stow of F3 Design

This is a very unique design which has taken the silo - something usually found filled with feed for farm animals - and turned it into a motel. SiloStay in Little River on Banks Peninsula is one of the quirkier places to stay in Canterbury, with individual motel units built inside the silos. The judges were particularly impressed with this design, and described it as a radical proposition which was executed with finesse. They also agreed that it looks like a fun place to stay the night.

Commercial/Industrial Architectural Design Award
Redwood Visitors Centre Public Toilets by Darryl Church of Darryl Church Architecture Ltd

This is not your average public toilet block - in fact nothing like it. Darryl Church's design had to fit in with its surrounds of Redwood trees while also taking care to not remove or damage the trees during the build - this meant a traditional toilet "block" design was out of the question. Church's design is instead comprised of individual toilets placed gently among the Redwoods. What makes his design so artistic and unique, however, is the stunning laser-cut steel Maori artwork which shrouds the toilets. This part of the design was done by local contemporary Maori artist, Kereama Taepa and made Church's design as much a piece of art as it is a functioning public facility. Judges praised Church's wildly inventive but charming response to a very ordinary brief and were impressed by his integration of architecture and art.

Residential Compact New Home - Up to 150m2 Architectural Design Award Sponsored by Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment
"Duncansby Road" in Auckland by David Maurice of Ltd Architectural.

The elegance of this small, simple home is undeniable. Built on a steep site, it provides stunning views towards the Hauraki Gulf with a canopy and projecting deck. This home is lightly perched on the sloped site, with the expectation that in time, vegetation will surround the structure and re-stabilise the site. The judges praised Maurice for a layout which complements the simple box form, and described it as a modest but sharp concept.