In the Running

From Wānaka to Tutukaka, our rōpū has shortlisted 13 projects for judging in the inaugural Here Awards.

In the Running

From Wānaka to Tutukaka, our rōpū has shortlisted 13 projects for judging in the inaugural Here Awards.

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.

Kia ora!

Ross Campion House

Rafe Maclean Architects

Wānaka, Central Otago

New House

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

Dalman Architects

Ōtautahi Christchurch

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.

Kahutara House

Patchwork Architecture

Kahutara, Wairarapa

New House

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. 

Mahanga Bach

Edwards White Architects

Mahanga, Gisborne

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.

Elegant Sheds

Common Space

Te Puke, Bay of Plenty

Small Project

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.

Caspers House

Glamuzina Architects and Dessein Parke

Tairua, Coromandel

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.

Tidy Space

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.



Ockham Residential

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.

Earles House

Jose Gutierrez

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.

Super Taper

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

Waiheke Island

Small Project

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. 

Fale Marker

RTA Studio

Aotea Great Barrier Island

New House

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.


Spacecraft Architects

Tutukaka, Northland

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. 


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