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A round up of the best in architecture and design for 2016

Article by Home Magazine

It’s been a bumper year for architecture and design with some of our favourite buildings taking out the country’s top awards

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A round up of the best in architecture and design 2016

Every year, a panel of our top architects travels the country to view dozens of buildings, just a handful of which are included in the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) national awards. It’s something of a bellwether for the industry and judging by this year’s bumper awards, New Zealand architecture is in fine health.

A number of our favourite houses from recent years won awards in the various Housing and Commercial categories – including the 2016 winner of our Home of the Year award, the K Valley house by Herbst Architects. Built from timber and rusting corrugated iron, it both delights and challenges notions of what a house should look like. (The Herbsts also took out an award for a house at Waimauku known as Bramasole, which we featured last issue.)

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We were delighted to see Zavos Corner, by Parsonson Architects, win the Sir Ian Athfield Award for Housing, while three wonderful houses at Annandale by Pattersons Architects – Olive Grove, Scrubby Bay and Seascape – won the Sir Miles Warren Award for Commercial Architecture.

Other winners might be familiar from the pages of the magazine, including the Cardrona Hut and E-Type House, by Richard Naish of RTA Studio – two dwellings that show the singular vision that can be achieved when architects design their own homes – and Tom’s House, by Anna-Marie Chin.

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The awards also celebrate New Zealand’s architectural legacy. This year, the jury gave an Enduring Architecture award to the late Sir Ian Athfield’s own bach, Awaroa House – as delightful now as it was when it was built 40 years ago. And fittingly, the institute also awarded a Gold Medal to that other rogue of 1970s Wellington, Roger Walker, whose playful structures have continued to delight in the decades since they were built.

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