West Coast Hut Wins Supreme Award

On Friday 28 October at a beautiful gala event held at the incredible Te Pae in Ōtautahi Christchurch, Architectural Designers New Zealand announced its Supreme Award Winner for 2022.

It is with immense pride; we share that the 2022 ADNZ Resene Supreme Architectural Design Award winner is Mitchell Coll of Fabric for his work on Biv_Punakaiki.

An innovative West Coast bach, ‘Biv_Punakaiki’, is a reinterpretation of a historic gold miners hut, but with all the modern facilities to warmly welcome modern-day travelers to the West Coast.

Designed as a collaboration between Mitchell Coll and a Hong Kong based architect, the building is rented as a high-end, short-term accommodation and is the first in a series of buildings.

Mitchell Coll says the form of the bach has been inspired in many ways.

“The building takes it cues from many of the exterior chimneys repeated on historic gold miner huts. Internally, the sky facing skylight represents the top of the smokestack. Like its mining predecessors, the cabin was to have as minimal touch on the land as possible. A concrete floor suspended on only a few concrete piles, with no formal landscaping, promotes the aesthetic of simple living,” said Mitchell.

ADNZ Judges called the project an incredible secluded hideaway.

“All detailing has been meticulously left minimalist to blur the line between interior and exterior, drawing guests further into the West Coast bush experience. The full timber interior surface of the XLam is left exposed and clear finished to represent the historic miners hut aesthetic. The interior is intentionally underlit to promote a relaxing environment at night and to draw the focus to the central fire and pendant light that mimics the playful shadows of the bush seen during the day. Mass timber construction, in the form of cross laminated timber (CLT) was chosen for its prefabricated off-site construction, thermal performance and negative embodied carbon. The geometry of the exposed CLT structure was critical to get right to ensure elegant detailing on both the interior and exterior faces. The aluminium cladding is fully custom folded with all trays to the top portion of the roof fluted to accentuate the form of the building and ensure minimalist detailing. A truly amazing project, worthy of the highest accolade,” they said.

In addition to Mitchell’s Supreme win, across the country there were seven other national winners. The winners are Pippin Wright-Stow of F3 Design, Gareth Ritchie of Archco Architecture, Marcus Stufkens of Stufkens+Chambers Architects, Mark Callander of Creative Arch, Jon McAlpine of TGA Ltd, Werner Naudé of DCA Architects of Transformation and Ben Gilpin of Gil-plans Architecture.

Pippin Wright-Stow of F3 Design won the Commercial Interior Award for his work on Three Boys Brewery in Christchurch. The fit-out of the brewery is first and foremost functional. Mix that with the old warehouse it is situated in, and you start to get that old school factory feel that drives the creative look and feel of the place. This is not a situation where the fit-out is ever complete but an ever-responsive adaptation to the space.

Gareth Ritchie of Archco Architecture won the Residential New Home Between 150m2 and 300m2 Award for his work on Glenstrae. Situated in the beach suburb of Redcliffs in Christchurch, the sloped site offers stunning views of McCormack’s Bay all the way to South New Brighton. The geotechnically challenging site provided some uncommon conditions which lead to a two-part split-level structure with an engineered control joint separation. It was desired that the striking views were to be embraced, whilst still retaining a private and cosy setting that was sympathetic to the character and landscape of the established area.

Marcus Stufkens of Stufkens+Chambers Architects won the Residential Multi-Unit Dwelling Award for his design of Riverbank Quarter in Christchurch’s CBD. The apartment complex is the result of the client’s brief to create a mixed-use development that is desirable to live in and reintroduces a social ecology back into the city. The design is a two-three storey complex of 14 mid to high market quality residential units and four street facing commercial tenancies.

Mark Callander of Creative Arch received the Residential Alterations and Additions Award for his design of Orakei Townhouses in Auckland. The project saw the revival of two homes that were suffering from extreme damage due to poor design and material choices. A complete redesign from the slab up allowed for resolution of watertightness issues in a way that not only significantly improved aesthetics and functionality but increased the value and liveability of the homes. The homes were demolished to the slab and rebuilt with an efficient, sustainable envelope and long-lasting materials. Now, the site houses two contemporary, modern homes that maximise their position in one of Auckland’s most prestigious neighbourhoods, drawing in natural light at every opportunity and embracing the incredible views to the sea.

Jon McAlpine of TGA Ltd won the Residential Interiors and the Resene Colour in Design Award for his work on Palm Springs in Papamoa, Tauranga. A unique show home that sits comfortably with the Palm Springs aesthetic. It is practical, liveable and environmentally conscious. The design has been approached with a Mid Century modern philosophy. This home boasts a range of eco features and has been designed to gain accreditation as 6 Star Homestar rated. The design is optimised for solar electricity generation and storage, energy efficiency, and to suit local climate and site condition.

Werner Naudé of DCA Architects of Transformation won the Commercial Industrial Award for St. John’s Church in Rotorua, Bay of Plenty. In 2017, fire destroyed Rotorua’s St John’s Church. The challenge was to design a ‘church for the future’ which was no small task, in the face of declining Christianity in NZ. Located on a busy intersection of Rotorua, the building has been rebuilt over the footprint of the previous structure. DCA’s design response took the opportunity to re-think what a church building could be and how it could enable more non-Christians to feel comfortable in approaching and using the building. The design response of a modest building is visually open and engaging-with flexibility to serve the church’s community ministries. The design eschews barriers to access which are present in many traditional Church buildings. The building scale is humble, lowered at the main areas of public engagement to a residential scale. The community hub is book-ended by glazing and connected with ‘nothing to hide’.

Ben Gilpin of Gil-plans Architecture won the Residential New Home over 300m2 Award for a Kāpiti Coast home titled ‘Driftwood’. A new beachfront house was required with separate spaces for visiting extended family. Feature screens obscure and provide a sense of intrigue to the homes approach. Upon entering you are drawn into the home down the main gallery to the views and dynamic coastal setting. The Long low-level gable forms reduce the scale of the house and nestle it within the setting. Large facings, matching the columns, are introduced across the house to create a cohesive and balanced form.

Chief Executive of Architectural Designers New Zealand, Keryn Davis, said all the national award winners were highly deserving of the accolades they received.

“ADNZ is thrilled to present these awards to these enormously talented designers. The skill and experience showcased in all the national award-winning projects are something to be celebrated. Congratulations to all the winners,” said Davis.