2022 ADNZ Design Awards Kick Off

On Friday 29 July, the first of our Regional ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards were held in Wellington. Awarding projects from the Hawkes Bay/Poverty Bay, Taranaki/Whanganui/Manawatū and Wellington/Wairarapa regions, it was wonderful to get together as a group and celebrate the work of our talented members.

From the Wellington/Wairarapa region, we were delighted to award Mike Holmes of Holmes Architecture and Ben Gilpin of Gil-plans Architecture, while from the Taranaki/Whanganui/Manawatū region, Maurice Regeer of MnM Design Ltd and Matt Janes of pak design Limited were recognised.

Paraparaumu designer, Ben Gilpin, was highly awarded, winning a total of four awards for three projects. He won the Resene Colour in Design Regional Award and the Residential New Home Between 150m2 and 300m2 Regional Award for his work on a home titled ‘10 Degrees’, the Residential New Home over 300m2 Regional Award for a project titled ‘Driftwood’ and a Highly Commended Award in the Residential Alterations and Additions category for a house called ‘The Gardener’.

Ben’s project ‘10 Degrees’ is located on the Kāpiti Coast and was designed for a semi-retired couple who wanted a new home on a semi-rural site with incredible views across Kāpiti from the Coast to the Ranges. It needed to be peaceful and calming, great for socialising, and include sustainable features while also offering protection from the elements.

Judges said ’10 Degrees’ was designed on an elevated site to capture the expansive views and provide interactive social spaces.

“This home artfully comprises two opposing mono-pitch wings with tilted walls, creating dominant form elements of Espan cladding and roofing, trimmed with crisp white fascia that contrast off the black and feature yellow panel claddings. Extensive glazing throughout the home captures the views in all directions while connecting you with the exterior as you move throughout the house. Sustainable elements include high performance insulation and glazing, passive solar and thermal mass, crossflow ventilation, solar panels and water harvesting. Low maintenance materials ensure the house’s running costs are minimal and will last the owners well into the future,” said the judging panel.

Wellington designer, Mike Holmes, received a Commended Award in the Residential Compact New Home up to 150m2 category for his work on a project called ‘Lockdown Baby’.

Located in Wellington on an approximately 90sqm south facing, triangular section, the internal layout is an exercise in space efficiency, with a fully appointed kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, dining/living, stair, study, and loft sleeping area arranged within the 55sqm floor area.

Judges of the ADNZ awards said Mike had skillfully created several moments of abstract geometry.

“Designed for a very compact site, the unconventional internal plan of this one-bedroom home skillfully creates several moments of abstract geometry. A warm birch ply interior creates a private urban oasis,” they said.

Maurice Regeer of MnM Design Ltd won the Regional Resene Colour in Design Award and a Commended Award in the Residential Compact New Home up to 150m2 category for an Ohakune home titled ‘Twin Peaks’. While Matt Janes of pak design Limited received a Commended Award in the Residential Alterations and Additions category for a conversion of a Bed and Breakfast in Levin to a family home.

‘Twin Peaks’ by Maurice is located on a small, 378m2, hill site. Taking full advantage of the views of Mount Ruapehu and to reduce earthworks, the holiday home design follows the incline of the landscape with seven different floor levels staggered up the hill. All levels are connected by a set of stairs. Exterior cladding of the bach is a combination of a trapezoidal metal and horizontal larch weatherboard. The metal has a soft green hue that represents the colours of the wilderness and pairs nicely with the orange tinted timber. Energy efficiency and comfort were high on the agenda for the homeowners.

Judges said the designer effectively incorporated two distinct and textured forms to express a vertically layered plan that follows the slope to create a fun family home.

“Rich timbers, brooding greens and maximalist wallpaper are at the core of this captivating palette. Deep blues and greens have been used effortlessly inside and out to connect the home with its natural environment. An additional white trim has also been added to the façade to bring further depth to the design,” said the judging panel.

B&B Restoration’ by Matt Janes is a conversion of a former B&B and wedding venue into a forever family home. The client wanted to retain the 1940s appearance and character of the home but add all the contemporary fittings you would expect in a new home.

Judges said a sympathetic design was required from the outset to ensure the character of this project was retained during this substantial renovation and addition.

“Integrated sustainability and thermal envelope upgrades are combined with clever planning to ensure the welcome, warmth and proportions of the original building were retained and enhanced. Open plan spaces that work better in our contemporary living environment finish the project well,” they said.

The next awards are on Friday 5 August in Hamilton.