NZIA Architecture Awards

+ Turangi Fishing Lodge 2003

Citation: Crisp steel pavilions create a unique fishing holiday experience on the banks of the Tongiriro river. A nod to NZ rural vernacular and a combination of local natural materials are harmonised with care and delicacy. The conditions of harsh climate and the demands of fishing and entertaining have been balanced with care to produce a successful and interesting assembly.

+ Harmos Matarangi 2003

Citation: A deliberately relaxed approach to the beach holiday is exemplified in this confident scheme. A loose arrangement of three dissimilar buildings has created a fourth communal living space at the crossroads of the family activity. Deliberate positioning has provided flexibility of shelter from wind and sun, with alternative covered boardwalk access between buildings.

+ Rakau House 2005

Citation: A complete redevelopment of an existing house over a number of years has resulted in a warm and inviting family home. Little trace of the original house is now evident. The right of way location has been dealt with by forming a screened pool terrace for a private outdoor living area. Materials sympathetic to the context have been used for the exterior cladding while being contemporary in their use.

+ Slope Hill House, Queenstown 2008

Citation: Pure vernacular forms delicately placed within the landscape. The simple gable forms are offset in plan to each other and along with the transecting entrance, lobby/loggia/pergola generate a series of dynamic external spaces. These accommodate a variety of uses and afford shelter from the carrying weather conditions. Well constructed with astute attention to detail.

+ Macalister Onetangi House 2013

Citation: Occupying a ‘dress circle’ beach-front location, this cleverly detailed holiday home takes full advantage of the magnificent sea views from almost every room, while maintaining a respectful distance from the road. The new beach house caters for the needs of the multi-generational clients and will provide a relaxed adaptable holiday destination for an expanding family for generations to come.

+ Te Kohanga House 2015

Citation: Built on a remarkable but also challenging site, and moving coastal design on from the pavilion, this elegant house subjugates itself to its strategic location by clinging long and low to the cliff edge. A considerate neighbour in its island community, its form is also a considered response to its marine environment; after all, for every Mediterranean day there are others dominated by a maddening wind. Outside, there’s a striking, rugged materiality. Inside, the house is handsome, expansive and confident, its serene tone achieved by the controlled use of a limited range of materials. The sweeping form of the wooden roof unites it all with technical adroitness.

+ Langs Retreat 2017

Citation: This confident and restrained, yet very small intervention, has had an enormous impact on a holiday home designed by Lillian Chrystall in the early 1990s. It has opened previously unused aspects of the site, bringing a sense of the theatrical to daily tasks. The addition is an assemblage of three inverted spaces, packed tightly but each with an orientation independent of the other. With “their backs to each other”, the spaces each provide an elevated platform. This atypical planning approach provides delight and awe, proving that, when done well, minor intervention can be as powerful as over-scaling.