Get a sneak peak of the 15 homes that made the short list for the 2017 Home of the Year awards
See the 15 homes that made the 2017 Home of the Year shortlist
HOME’s editor Simon Farrell-Green has been touring New Zealand with international guest judge Todd Saunders and celebrated architect Richard Naish to judge the 2017 Home of the Year, brought to you by Altherm Window Systems.
There was a bumper crop of entries this year and the panel will visit 15 houses in all – from Mangawhai to Queenstown via Cambridge and Lyttelton, Hahei and Island Bay – across seven days, multiple flights and rental cars. Then they’ll sit down and work out the final six, to be published in our April/May issue.
There’s a building boom, sure, but there’s also a growing sophistication in New Zealand architecture. In the City Home category, there are houses on tiny urban sections where owners have chosen to build small but smart, a breathtaking response to an awkward corner site, and two complicated suburban sites with neighbours close by.
There’s a thoroughly urban house in a provincial town and a place that makes brilliant use of a strangely shaped site. There are four country houses in the Retreat category, with one perched above mudflats and another inhabiting a beautiful sheltered valley. It all goes to show that while a great view helps, it’s not everything: design is key.