Home of the year

The Home of the Year 2020 runner up is a richly crafted Waiheke home

Article by Home Magazine

Beautifully crafted and utterly romantic, the Home of the Year 2020 runner up by Cheshire Architects is a stunning response to off-grid living

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The runner up in the 2020 Home of the Year awards is this richly crafted home on Waiheke Island by Cheshire Architects.  The owners of this house fell in love with a sheltered south-facing valley on a remote corner of Waiheke and asked Cheshire to design something utterly romantic.

They wanted a house where they would be conscious of the land and the weather – and despite it being a permanent home they wanted their bedroom to be separate. The Cheshire team has designed an encampment of three buildings that are related but different around a central, north-facing courtyard.

The judges this year were HOME editor Simon Farrell-Green, Melbourne-based architects Patrick Kennedy and Rachel Nolan of Kennedy Nolan and the 2019 Home of the Year winner Jack McKinney. They were impressed with the structure and design which went into this home.

The off-grid compound centres on a chapel-like living space lined with recycled timber. The bedroom pods are wrapped in canvas, which gives them a soft, cocooned look – and the sound they make in the wind and rain is lovely.

See more of this incredible project in the latest HOME magazine, in supermarkets now.


Home of the Year 2020 winner

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Photography by: Jackie Meiring.

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