Home of the year

Gallery of greatness: Home of the Year winners

Article by Home Magazine

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.

The Clifford Forsyth House by Patrick Clifford of Architectus. Photo by Patrick Reynolds.

The Clifford Forsyth House by Patrick Clifford of Architectus. Photo by Patrick Reynolds.

 

In 1997, Felicity Wallace took the Home of the Year title with her design of twin townhouses in the Auckland suburb of Westmere.

A Westmere house by Felicity Wallace. Photograph by Patrick Reynolds.

A Westmere house by Felicity Wallace. Photograph by Patrick Reynolds.

 

Architect Pete Bossley won the first of his two Home of the Year titles in 1998 with this beautiful Bay of Islands house.

A Bay of Islands house by Pete Bossley of Bossley Architects. Photograph by Patrick Reynolds.

A Bay of Islands house by Pete Bossley of Bossley Architects. Photograph by Patrick Reynolds.

 

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.

1999 Gerrad Hall

A Ponsonby home by Gerrad Hall. Photograph by Patrick Reynolds.

 

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.

The Rawhiti House by Fearon Hay Architects. Photograph by Patrick Reynolds.

The Rawhiti House by Fearon Hay Architects. Photograph by Patrick Reynolds.

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.

The Manly Street Beach House by Parsonson Architects. Photograph by Paul McCredie.

The Manly Street Beach House by Parsonson Architects. Photograph by Paul McCredie.

 

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.

The Remuera House by Stevens Lawson Architects. Photograph by Patrick Reynolds.

 

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.

2003 Ken Crosson

The Otama House by Ken Crosson of Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects. Photograph by Patrick Reynolds.

 

Pete Bossley picked up his second Home of the Year title in 2004 with another holiday home in the Bay of Islands.

A Bay of Islands retreat by Pete Bossley of Bossley Architects. Photograph by Patrick Reynolds.

A Bay of Islands retreat by Pete Bossley of Bossley Architects. Photograph by Patrick Reynolds.

 

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.

The Otoparae House by Mitchell & Stout Architects. Photograph by Patrick Reynolds.

The Otoparae House by Mitchell & Stout Architects. Photograph by Patrick Reynolds.

 

Hugh Tennent of Tennent Brown Architects won the 2006 Home of the Year award with this family home in Day’s Bay, Wellington.

The Canna House by Tennent Brown Architects. Photograph by Paul McCredie.

The Canna House by Tennent Brown Architects. Photograph by Paul McCredie.

 

In 2007, Stevens Lawson took the Home of the Year title again with this home in the Auckland suburb of Westmere.

The Westmere House by Stevens Lawson Architects. Photograph by Mark Smith.

The Westmere House by Stevens Lawson Architects. Photograph by Mark Smith.

 

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.

The Signal Box by Melling Morse Architects. Photograph by Paul McCredie.

The Signal Box by Melling Morse Architects. Photograph by Paul McCredie.

 

In 2009, Mitchell and Stout Architects won the award a second time with this home on Waiheke Island.

The Waiheke Island House by Mitchell & Stout. Photograph by Patrick Reynolds.

The Waiheke Island House by Mitchell & Stout. Photograph by Patrick Reynolds.

 

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.

Te Kaitaka by Stevens Lawson Architects. Photograph by Mark Smith.

Te Kaitaka by Stevens Lawson Architects. Photograph by Mark Smith.

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.

The Kare Kare House by Michael O'Sullivan of Bull O'Sullivan Architects. Photograph by Patrick Reynolds.

The Kare Kare House by Michael O’Sullivan of Bull O’Sullivan Architects. Photograph by Patrick Reynolds.

 

Lance and Nicola Herbst of Herbst Architects won the 2012 Home of the Year title with this holiday home at Piha Beach.

Under Pohutukawa by Herbst Architects. Photograph by Patrick Reynolds.

Under Pohutukawa by Herbst Architects. Photograph by Patrick Reynolds.

 

In 2013, the award went to another Stevens Lawson design, this one on Waiheke Island.

The Headland House by Stevens Lawson. Photograph by Mark Smith.

The Headland House by Stevens Lawson. Photograph by Mark Smith.

 

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.

Eyrie, twin cabins by Cheshire Architects. Photograph by Darryl Ward.

Eyrie, twin cabins by Cheshire Architects. Photograph by Darryl Ward.

 

Watch out for the announcement of our 2015 award with our special 20th anniversary Home of the Year issue in April 2015.

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