Home of the year

Why this retreat in Mahurangi became an award winning home

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We hear the Home of the Year judges discuss their favourite moments in Belinda George’s award winning retreat in Mahurangi 

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Why this retreat in Mahurangi became an award winning 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 extraordinary Mahurangi home of architect Belinda George. Set down a narrow winding gravel road in a quiet valley, the home is at once contemporary and rustic. On approach, all you can see are the pitches of metal sheds.

“You had no doubt you were in New Zealand,” says Saunders. “This was rural New Zealand, the horses and the barn. It has a very simple material palette but, at the same time, she had fun experimenting with each typology.”

“It cut a sort of cross-section through the site, pulling those vernacular forms together,” says Naish. “But at the same time it had timber pulled out of rivers, window joinery from her grandfather’s house and the reference to the old dairy factory, which made the house feel special.”

Watch the video to hear the judges discuss the architectural moments that struck them the most.

A closer look at Belinda George’s Mahurangi home

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Photography by: Simon Devitt.

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