From an urbane courtyard house in Point Chevalier to a rural retreat in Mahurangi we look at the winning homes from this year’s Home of the Year awards
Supreme winner of Home of the Year
The supreme winner of Home of the Year is a thoroughly urban house in Cambridge, a provincial town better known for bungalows and roses. The house was designed a young architect for a teacher and an artist who moved from Auckland with their young daughter. It’s a small courtyard house built on a commercial site bounded by a carpark and service lane. It’s beautifully realised and layered, and successfully captures a moment in time.
Winner of Best City Home and runner up
Guy Tarrant’s Courtyard House was named the runner up for Home of the Year and also took out the award for Best City Home. Built on a busy road in Point Chevalier, it’s an elegant response to an awkward, wedge shaped section. Tall brick walls run along two sides of the home with a glass celestory that gives the illusion that the roof is floating. It’s an unconventional house that’s used a difficult site to create a suburban oasis.
Winner of Best Retreat
Built on a rolling piece of land above the Mahurangi Inlet, the winner of Best Retreat is a rural house by Belinda George that is never feels less than contemporary. George drew inspiration from the broken collections of Northland farm buildings – yet it’s modern, even minimalist, clad in corrugated steel with hidden gutters and down pipes. Inside, reclaimed ‘river wood’ lines the walls. It’s richly detailed and somehow grand without ever being pretentious.
Winner of Best Small Home
The winner of the Best Small Home title is ‘Pyramid Scheme’ by Sally Ogle and Ben Mitchell of Patchwork Architecture. It’s a 115-square-metre home that sits on a steep, 188-square-metre site in Wellington’s inner-city Mt Cook. Almost every room connects to a covered courtyard and deck, which are cut out of the main volumes of the ‘pyramids’. It’s considered, wonderfully built and feels much larger than it’s small footprint might suggest.
Words by: Simon Farrell-Green. Videos by: Georgia Bramley and Lakshmi Beresford.