From a small concrete home in Christchurch to an impressive treetop retreat in Piha, we round up all the incredible winners from Home of the Year 2018
The winner of Home of the Year 2018 and Best Retreat: Kawakawa House by Herbst Architects
Nestled in a pohutukawa grove in Piha, the winner of Home of the Year 2018 is a thoughtful response to a tricky site. Sitting up on steel plinths with a sheltered internal courtyard, Herbst Architects have taken a standard footprint and cleverly twisted it in on itself. “To make a house as good as this takes enormous skill, a sympathetic client and the guts to know what not to do,” says HOME Editor Simon Farrell-Green. Herbst Architects are well known for their innovative designs – winning Home of the Year 2012 and Home of the Year 2016.
Best City Home: Miramar House by Andrew Sexton Architecture
Sitting down a very steep driveway, the Miramar House by Andrew Sexton manages to achieve a sense of privacy despite surrounded by neighbours. A fibre cement shell protects the home from prying eyes while a lovely central courtyard provides an enclosed space to relax. The judges liked that the home was a reflection of the owner’s needs. “It’s certainly not a house built for resale,” says HOME Editor Simon Farrell-Green, “and we really liked that.”
Best Small Home: H01 House by Maguire & Harford Architects
Small, tough and described by the Home of the Year judges as somewhat monastic, the winner of Best Small Home is the perfect example of only building what you need. Set on a steep site in Cashmere, Christchurch, the H01 House, by Braden Harford, fits a lot of drama into its 85-square-metre frame. Soaring windows let light into the moody, charcoal interior and the tough concrete exterior is softened by timber accents inside. The judges were impressed by the poetic restraint shown in the design of this home.
Best Interior: Lantern House by Herbst Architects
Along with winning Home of the Year, Lance and Nicola Herbst have also picked up the award for Best Interior for their spectacular clifftop home on Waiheke Island. It’s a house of high drama with the polished black floors, black timber ceiling and striking furniture and finishes sourced from Asia. “You get this meeting of interiors and architecture, which is not something we always see in New Zealand to this level,” says HOME Editor Simon Farrell-Green. This is quite different from the restrained material palette that Herbst is well known for.