Award winning homes

New Zealand’s best small home

Article by Home Magazine

See inside Home of the Year 2016 winner for Best Small Home that has us wanting to move in right away.

 

HOME magazine’s Home of the Year awards are not only recognising the Supreme Winner by Herbst Architects, but great architecture in three other categories: Best Small Home, Best City Home, and Best Multi-Unit Project.

The winner of the Best Small Home title is this stylish, sleek, 120-square-metre marvel near Queenstown by Anna-Marie Chin.

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The home by Anna-Marie Chin nestles under the Remarkables. Photos by David Straight.

 

It’s a design that takes smart creative licence from tight design constraints. Chin’s reinterpretation of the prescribed pitched rooves and limited material palette of the subdivision resulted in this black asymetrical form that packs a huge amount of experiences into its petite shell.

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The home faces north, looking along the Remarkables towards the Wakatipu Basin.

 

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The home is sited at the edge of a hill, allowing panoramic views.

 

Deftly sited to ensure privacy and views past neighbouring houses, the home was designed to sleep eight so the owner, who works on superyachts, could rent it out to friends or on Air BnB when he’s away.

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The home’s kitchen features a sleeping space above the dining nook, and appliances by Fisher & Paykel.

 

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The dining nook is inspired by compact dining spaces on yachts, and has views towards Lake Wakatipu.

 

The home's deck has views north to Coronet Peak.

The home’s deck has views north to Coronet Peak.

 

It’s a home that proves how brave responses to tight design controls can yield exciting results, and that suburban developments needn’t be afraid of bold design. It also shows how, with well-designed spaces, small homes can easily be made flexible enough to host a crowd.

The home's living area is lined in plywood and has carefully framed views north and west.

The home’s living area is lined in plywood and has carefully framed views north and west.

 

A stool by Timothy John beside the bed in the main bedroom.

A stool by Timothy John beside the bed in the main bedroom.

 

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