About the time you read this, the rōpū and I will be heading off to judge the inaugural Here Awards. We were delighted with the number and quality of the entries – architecture is in good heart.
We’ll announce the winners on October 27, and in our next issue, out October 28. Here’s a brief rundown, from south to north – thanks as ever to our award partners Città, Fisher & Paykel and Resene.
Ross Campion House
Rafe Maclean Architects
Wānaka, Central Otago
This house uses every square millimetre of a tight rear site. It’s not all serious: external stairs lead to a roof-top deck with lake and open-sky views. Cheerful red corrugate completes the charm.
Oxford Terrace Apartment
Reuse or Renovation
A sympathetic rejuvenation of a low-rise 1970s office building, by Trengrove and Blunt, into a home and studio with new functions defined by half-height walls and clerestories to retain the open feel.
With covered outdoor areas, richly detailed interiors, just enough bedrooms and a plan arranged in an S-shape under a wide roof clipped at either end, this house is both generous and modest.
Edwards White Architects
New House; Small Project
An off-grid bach provides space for a family, while also entertaining friends with tents. Corrugate cladding, timber interiors and exposed trusses honour an agricultural vernacular.
Te Puke, Bay of Plenty
A farming family requested a new carport, washing line and garden shed. They got a charming amalgam of all three, with raw, robust materials detailed in novel ways.
Glamuzina Architects and Dessein Parke
New House; Interior; Colour, Craft & Detail
A two-bedroom holiday home on an uncompromising site for clients with an obsession for A-frames and the use of outlier materials. A test case for pushing the boundaries of materials and colour.
Atelier Jones Design
Ōtahuhu, Tāmaki Makaurau
Apartment or Townhouse; Colour, Craft & Detail; Small Project
A humble unit offers a different perspective on affordable housing. Using principles from the Shaker movement, this small space does not compromise on liveability or style.
Mount Albert, Tāmaki Makaurau
Apartment or Townhouse
Five storeys high on a prominent corner in Mt Albert, Modal provides a glimpse of our cities to come. The building is distinctive and equitable, built for long-term rental.
Grey Lynn, Tāmaki Makaurau
Reuse or Renovation; Colour, Craft & Detail
At the rear of a carefully restored bungalow, Gutierrez has built an abstracted white box around an elevated plunge pool. Entry to the side neatly marks the join between the two forms.
Jack McKinney Architects
with Katie Lockhart Studio
Freemans Bay, Tāmaki Makaurau
Reuse or Renovation
A heritage villa is reimagined with a sculptural tapered addition. On the outside, it appears as if carved from stone; inside, light falls elegantly from a skylight over hand-crafted spaces.
Mark Frazerhurst Architects
A sentinel to an original bach down the slope, defining a new gateway to the site and providing extra sleeping and living areas. Pattern and repetition reference the existing board-and-batten bach.
Aotea Great Barrier Island
In the tradition of a Pacific fale, this simple bach draws its form from a pitched roof sheltering an open living pavilion. From the water it’s a harbour marker calling its owners home.
Reuse or Renovation; Small Project
Spacecraft returns to expand a small house for a growing family. The new volume flips the wedge of the original house in a diminutive version connected by a light-filled bridge.