The Smithy

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"It's as if the blacksmith had just finished at the end of the day, and never come back."

Can you imagine living in a home featuring 120-year-old stables, cobbles, grinding stone and workbench?

This issue of Defign Magazine, step into a 1890's Central Otago blacksmith and wheelwright building blended into a contemporary family home and workspace.

Join Sally Blundell and photographer Graham Warman as they explore 'The Smithy', a regional award winner at the Otago/Southland ADNZ | Resene Architectural Design Awards, which Sally describes as a 'succinct amalgam of the very old and the very new'.

Sally talks to 'The Smithy' owner and Dunedin architectural designer Reece Warnock of Warnock Architecture about how he has transformed the 'spooky old building' from his childhood growing up on the Taieri plains, into a functioning family home and workspace.

Graham Warman's stunning photography captures the striking colour palate of a building transported from the early days of the Central Otago gold rush and brought into the 21st century. He documents in pictures an historic gem rescued from the slow deterioration of time and brought to life again.

Reece Warnock's design incorporates the original structure with a modern three bedroom home and workplace with contemporary features in a series of small pavilions.

From the office and hallway a large glazed window looks into the historic workspace, and interior access to the blacksmith is gained via the kitchen and open plan living and dining areas, ensuring ongoing use of the 120-year-old workshop by family and clients.

What's more the community has relished the project, gifting historic mementoes for display

ADNZ Chief Executive Astrid Andersen said 'The Smithy' feature in the latest Defign Magazine is something quite extraordinary.

"This award winning home is bound to capture your imagination. It really has to be seen to be believed and Defign Magazine takes you there."

On sale now, don't miss the third issue of Defign Magazine celebrating the depth and diversity of design among ADNZ members at the ADNZ | Resene Architectural Design Awards. Available at Countdown, New World and Paperplus stores.