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Meet the international member of 2017 Home of the Year panel

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HOME magazine have announced the international member of the 2017 Home of the Year panel as Norway-based, Canadian architect Todd Saunders


Meet the international member of 2017 home of the year panel

We’re delighted to announce that our international guest judge for the 2017 Home of the Year is Todd Saunders. Based in Norway, the Canadian architect is best known for his work on the Fogo Island Inn, the making of which featured in an award-winning documentary, Strange & Familiar.


Saunders grew up in Newfoundland, and now divides his time between Canada and Norway, where he works on projects large and small, but always interesting. At the heart of his practice is a commitment to place and context, but it’s a commitment that is filtered through a distinctly contemporary sensibility.


On Fogo, Saunders drew inspiration from the island’s ramshackle fishing shacks, which cling to the rocks of the island, timber piles driven between the cracks in the rock in a precarious sort of way. They are contingent and yet somehow timeless, and give the sense that while the landscape will carry on, the buildings will one day disappear.


It’s an approach that is somehow appropriate for New Zealand, so we’ll be interested to see what he makes of this country’s architecture when he visits our shores in early February.

After giving a keynote address at the NZIA annual conference on February 10, he and RTA Studio’s Richard Naish, along with HOME editor Simon Farrell-Green, will depart for a week-long tour of New Zealand to judge the best homes of 2017.

HOME readers, meanwhile, are invited to two special evenings with Saunders at City Gallery Wellington on Tuesday, 14 February and at the Auckland Art Gallery on Thursday, 16 February. We’d love to see you there.

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