The Bay of Plenty award-winning architectural designers were Steven Chambers of Stufkens + Chambers Architects, Darryl Church of DCA Architects of Transformation, Adam Taylor of ATA and Jason MacDonald of JMAC Architecture Ltd. Lee Turner of Turner Road Architecture, and Dean Baldock of The Architecture People took home awards for the Waikato region.
Steven Chambers won two awards. The first for his work ‘Pohutukawa House’ in Otumoetai which won the Residential Compact New Home up to 150m2 Architectural Design Award and a second, Commended Award for his design of a commercial build in ‘Willow Street’.
Judges said Pohutukawa House was “small, sustainable, simple and special”.
Creating a sense of calm, while maintaining the privacy of a home, was the intent behind Mt Maunganui home ‘Muricata House’ which won Jason MacDonald of JMAC Architecture Ltd the Regional Award for best Residential Interiors. In this extraordinary project, the interiors celebrate a pared-back palette of soft greys, warm whites, and rhythmically ordered timbers to deliver an organic sensory of calm. Precise attention to detail and the clever contrast of natural mediums enhance the home’s warmth and light tones. While the rawness of the concrete feature wall polished to a smooth sheen makes an unexpected, yet stunning, offset against cedar walls and cabinetry. Judges praised MacDonald for his meticulous detailing.
Darryl Church of DCA Architects of Transformation was the recipient of five regional awards for four projects.
He received the Bay of Plenty Resene Colour in Design Award for his work on an office fit out at ‘Holland Beckett Law’. Judges commented on the use of colour to create a sense of joy, with the yellow tones used in the interior carefully linked to the ‘Holland Beckett Law’ branding, providing a connection throughout the office. This project also received a Commended Award in the Commercial/Industrial Interiors category.
Church’s other awards include a Highly Commended in the Residential Multi-Unit Dwelling category for his project ‘Pilot Bay Apartments’. This build, with a challenging site and a complex brief, resulted in four elegant and sophisticated apartments that overlook the bay in Tauranga.
A Commended Award in the Commercial/Industrial category for the ‘Cultural Crossing Commercial Building’ in Rotorua was also earned by Church for his delivery of a building that celebrates the cultural crossover between Pakeha and Māori. Judges said the project embeds traditional Taniko patterns while referencing the rigour of colonial times in the design of its facades.
Church’s fourth award winning project for the evening, and fifth award, is proof that local government facilities do not need to be boring, with the fit out he completed for the ‘Bay of Plenty Regional Council’ receiving a Commended Award in the Commercial/Industrial Interiors category.
The brief for the Regional Council building included requirements for site carparks, associated dangerous goods storage, staff showers and changing rooms for field workers, meeting spaces, a conference room, staff café and workspaces for a future capacity of 52 staff. The Bay of Plenty Regional Council had a specific interiors colourway and material palette being rolled out across other office sites. The material and colour palette refers to the sea, lakes, mountains, and forests under the stewardship of the Regional Council authority.
Judges said the materials were well chosen for both durability, acoustic performance, and warmth.
The final designer to take out an award in the Bay of Plenty region was Adam Taylor of ATA who received a Commended Award in the Residential Alterations and Additions category for his design ‘Shug Life’. This two-storey, art nouveau beach cottage in Mount Maunganui has been completely re-interpreted in a contemporary, urban and slightly provocative way. ‘Shug Life’ enthusiastically and elegantly meets the design brief: “a bach with the practicalities of a bach, without looking like one.”
In the Waikato region, Lee Turner’s ‘Karapiro Lake House’ took out the Residential New Home Over 300m2 award. This home is a lean, low profile home that sprawls above Lake Karapiro in the foothills of Maungatautari Mountain in Cambridge. The home was designed to provide a peaceful, tranquil lifestyle on the shores of the lake, with the owners wanting a home that was sympathetic to its surroundings.
“Our clients were moving from the big smoke to enjoy a more peaceful life on the lake, so the design brief was centred on their desire for an easy living, tranquil dwelling which embraced the dramatic water views. They were looking for a simplistic, contemporary shape, but wanted the building to be sympathetic to its scenic surrounds. The resulting long, low-slung home was constructed with raw textures and materials and a palette of colours drawn from nature, to reflect the hillside backdrop and provide minimal visual disruption to its lake side environment,” said Turner.
Judges said the drama of the home is all in the entry elevation.
Dean Baldock of The Architecture People received the Waikato Region Resene Colour in Design Award and a Commended Award in the Residential Alterations and Additions category for his design ‘Cook Street Residence’.
With a boardwalk connection to the street and a darkly clad exterior, the three bedroom, one bathroom Hamilton home is testament to what can be achieved through good design process and a big vision.
Judges said the work was a great example of contemporary depths, smooth contrasts and industrial décor that work together to create a space that is approachable and inviting.
Gregory Watts, Architectural Designers New Zealand CEO said the awards programme run by ADNZ is an inspiring celebration of the work of New Zealand’s architectural design community.
“New Zealand has some of the most talented and creative architectural designers and this is reflected in the projects showcased at the Bay of Plenty and Waikato ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards. Each year the standard of design delivered gets higher, which greatly benefits the New Zealand built environment and our communities. We live in a challenging environment and yet our members make the delivery of exceptional work seem effortless. Well done to our Bay of Plenty and Waikato winners,” said Watts.