Wetlands House

Wetlands House add

Cambridge designer Lee Turner was the star of the show at the 2017 Waikato Regional ADNZ | Resene Architectural Design Awards held in Hamilton recently.

As well as winning the Residential New Home over 300m2 Architectural Design Award – the newcomer to the competition was also awarded Commended in two categories – Residential New Home between 150m2 and 300m2, and Residential Alterations and Additions.

Lee Turner’s top award was for Wetlands House, a bold simplistic home influenced by the architectural style found in Central Otago and reinterpreted for the Waikato region.
Lee says his clients were taken by the architecture of New Zealand’s deep South.
‘They loved natural material such as stone and timber and the simple forms and steep pitched roofs that are common to the region,’ he says.

Situated at the suburban edge of a rural township, the design offers a utilitarian farmhouse sensibility to a large house.

Inside the home, light wells over the main living area to provide interesting detail to the external silhouette and creates drama.

Dark stained random cedar weatherboards line the outside, with the natural grain and variation of the timber providing an eclectic display of texture and colour.

A large outdoor room and fireplace extends the living for year-round entertaining which leads out onto manicured grass lawns.

The bold simplistic design features three separate pavilions or pods and has a strong emphasis on entertaining and pursuits.

As well as distinguishing between sleeping, living and guest areas, the judges praised the design saying each pavilion gave the building design strength and continuity.

‘This design offers a utilitarian farmhouse sensibility to a large house,’ the judges’ said.
‘External materials are rustic yet smoothly detailed, and the plan is orientated carefully to maximise sun, views and shelter.’

WAIKATO REGIONAL WINNERS 2017

Residential New Home over 300m2 Architectural Design Award
Wetlands House by Lee Turner of Turner Road Architecture

Resene Colour in Design Award & Regional People's Choice
River Road by Kris Wilson of Design House Architecture

Residential New Home between 150m2 and 300m2 Award
Commended – Baxter Michael Residence by Lee Turner of Turner Road Architecture

Residential Alterations and Additions Award
Commended – Walker House by Lee Turner of Turner Road Architecture.