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What was so good about the Best City Home?

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We hear from the Home of the Year judges about what they loved the most about Guy Tarrant’s award winning Point Chevalier home

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What was so good about the Best City Home?

After a whirlwind trip across the country judging New Zealand’s best residential architecture, the Home of the Year judges sat down for a well-deserved drink at Sherwood Queenstown.

This year’s judging panel, in association with Altherm Window Systems, included HOME editor Simon Farrell-Green, international guest judge Todd Saunders and architect Richard Naish (whose own house in Grey Lynn won Home of the Year 2015). Here, they discuss the courtyard house of Guy Tarrant, which won the award for Best City Home and was named runner-up for the Home of the Year.

It’s ethereal and graceful with the roof floating above a brick wall in an unbroken line of clerestory glass. “Inside it felt like a summer villa,” says Saunders. “Everything was thought through but it wasn’t restricted, and it was really nice to see a house that was that well crafted.”

“The way you moved into it felt like an oasis,” says Naish. “It has that barrier to the street which gives you a sense of enclosure and comfort. And I thought it was a really generous gesture to have the garden on the outside on the street.”

Watch the video to hear the judges discuss their favourite architectural moments.

Watch more about Guy Tarrant‘s Point Chevalier home

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