No Ordinary House

No Ordinary House add

A delightful play of angles gives this award winning rural home a life of its own.

Nic Curragh's Springbank Downs House was designed for a young family whose house was red zoned as a result of the Canterbury earthquakes.

Located in an expansive rural setting, judges commented the design had exceptional details that lifted it beyond the ordinary.

"The offset pitches of the gables, the slanted and angled window sets, the detailing of the balcony eave and the ceiling lights all contribute to a calm resolve and a wonderful sense of life," said the judges.

Loaded with drama, the formal entry to the home is preceded by a long narrow deck.

The design of the home is simple, comprising two parallel pavilions containing living and kitchen areas and bedroom and bathrooms respectively. The pavilions are linked by a low pitched annex containing a media room and guest bedroom.

A north facing courtyard formed between the two pavilions is glazed to full height to take in the stunning views of the Southern Alps and foot hills.

Two trapezoidal shaped cedar window seats invite further contemplation of the picturesque countryside.

Announced at a ceremony in Auckland in October, Nic Curragh received two out of eight awards from nearly 150 entries at this year’s ADNZ | Resene Architectural Design Awards.

For Springbank Downs House he won the National ADNZ | Resene Architectural Design Award for Residential New Home between 150m2 and 300m2. He also received the National Commercial Interior Architectural Design Award - sponsored by GIB - for his work re-modelling 'Freemans Restaurant' in Lyttelton.

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Photography by Sarah Rowlands