Our annual Home of the Year award is New Zealand’s richest architectural prize, with a cheque of $15,000 going to the winning architects. It’s also approaching its 20th birthday. Here’s a look at our previous winners, the Home of the Year hall of fame. Huge thanks to our Home of the Year sponsors, Altherm Window Systems, for their support of architectural creativity.
The first-ever winner of our Home of the Year title, in 1996, was the Clifford Forsyth House in the Auckland suburb of Remuera, designed by Patrick Clifford (and his colleagues at Architectus) as his own home.
In 1997, Felicity Wallace took the Home of the Year title with her design of twin townhouses in the Auckland suburb of Westmere.
Architect Pete Bossley won the first of his two Home of the Year titles in 1998 with this beautiful Bay of Islands house.
Architect Gerrad Hall designed his own home designed around a courtyard and pool in the Auckland suburb of Ponsonby not long after leaving architecture school, and won the Home of the Year award in 1999.
Architectural duo Jeff Fearon and Tim Hay of Fearon Hay Architects became the youngest-ever winners of the Home of the Year award in 2000 for the design of this Bay of Islands holiday home.
Finally, the Home of the Year award went to a house south of the Bombay Hills in 2001, to architect Gerald Parsonson’s own family bach at Paraparaumu.
Stevens Lawson Architects picked up the first of their four Home of the Year titles in 2002 with this home in the Auckland suburb of Remuera.
In 2003, architect Ken Crosson’s own holiday home on the Coromandel Peninsula picked up the Home of the Year award, and was also awarded the magazine’s Home of the Decade award in 2010.
Pete Bossley picked up his second Home of the Year title in 2004 with another holiday home in the Bay of Islands.
In 2005, David Mitchell and Julie Stout of Mitchell Stout Architects won the Home of the Year award with this King Country home, whose design was inspired by the simplicity of trampers’ huts.
Hugh Tennent of Tennent Brown Architects won the 2006 Home of the Year award with this family home in Day’s Bay, Wellington.
In 2007, Stevens Lawson took the Home of the Year title again with this home in the Auckland suburb of Westmere.
Masterton’s first and only Home of the Year winner so far came in 2008, when The Signal Box, a home by Gerald Melling and Allan Morse of Melling Morse Architects, won the title.
In 2009, Mitchell and Stout Architects won the award a second time with this home on Waiheke Island.
The 2010 Home of the Year title went to Te Kaitaka, a home beside Lake Wanaka by Stevens Lawson Architects – the third time the firm has won the award.
Architect Michael O’Sullivan of Bull O’Sullivan Architects won the 2011 Home of the Year with this home at Kare Kare Beach, west of Auckland.
Lance and Nicola Herbst of Herbst Architects won the 2012 Home of the Year title with this holiday home at Piha Beach.
In 2013, the award went to another Stevens Lawson design, this one on Waiheke Island.
And in 2014, the Home of the Year was awarded to Eyrie, a pair of small cabins on the Kaipara Harbour by Nat Cheshire of Cheshire Architects.
Watch out for the announcement of our 2015 award with our special 20th anniversary Home of the Year issue in April 2015.