Award Winning Architecture Announced

Awards season has officially begun with the Taranaki/ Whanganui/Manawatu and Wellington/Wairarapa regions kicking off the regional rounds of the 2021 ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards on Friday the 30th of July.

An incredible boat shed/sleep out in Herbertville, Tararua designed by Michael Holmes of Holmes Architecture took out a 2021 Taranaki/ Whanganui/Manawatu Regional Resene Colour in Design Award.

Resene judges said that the classic, architectural forms and rich timbers have been effortlessly elevated with smoked oranges, deep greens and chalky whites to blend the home into the raw, rural coastline.

“The fresh, robust metal cladding houses the beautiful, stripped back detailing which creates ease within this humble abode. Smooth, matte finishes have been used to ground the home in its natural environment,” they said.

Boat House by Michael Holmes of Holmes Architecture.

In the Wellington/Wairarapa region, five designers took home Design Awards. The winners were Tim Wernham-Doo of Constructive Architecture, Ben Gilpin of Gil-plans Architecture, Darren Hunter of Hunter Architecture Ltd, Zak Kljakovic of Voxell and Grant Rayner of Rayner Architectural Design Ltd.

Darren Hunter of Hunter Architecture won three awards for two unique and challenging projects. Hunter’s Paekakariki design titled ‘House in a Hole’ took out a Highly Commended Award in the Residential New Home between 150m2 and 300m2 category, and a Highly Commended Award in the Residential Interiors category. This project was built on a challenging site that at its widest point was only 11 metres, contended with windblown sandy ground conditions, and had a 358sqm cross lease section with the neighbour’s main power cable running overhead.

“The obstacles were extreme. And If this wasn’t challenging enough, we needed to design a three-bedroom home with multiple uses, a flexible layout, as well as one with high sustainability credentials. The design response was to simply stack three long and narrow floor plates on top of each other to climb out of the hole and to capture the few good aspects of the site,” says Darren Hunter.

House in a Hole by Darren Hunter of Hunter Architecture. Photography by Hunter Architecture and Lee Frampton.

Hunter Architecture also won a 2021 Regional Resene Colour in Design Award for a project titled ‘Peka Peka’ located in the Kapiti Coast.

Peka Peka by Darren Hunter of Hunter Architecture. Photography by Hunter Architecture and Lee Frampton.

Tim Wernham-Doo of Constructive Architecture won two awards for his own Hataitai home. He won the 2021 Regional Residential New Home up to 150 m2 Award and a Highly Commended Award in the Residential Interiors category.

Wernham-Doo says the plan of the house is designed to be experiential, focusing on interior functionality, framing key views and playing with light and shadows.

“With an extremely low budget we chose to spend money where it would count. As a designer and builder and with my partner a jeweller, we hand crafted this house in its entirety from scratch including all the interior and exterior joinery. Minimalist detailing throughout allows the architecture to step back, accentuating crafted items and artworks, such as feature joinery made by my partner and the tiled splashback by artist David Brown. Materials were selected for their sustainable attributes and were left raw, enabling them to reflect their natural condition,” says Wernham-Doo.

Whare Rakau by Tim Wernham-Doo of Constructive Architecture. Photography by Samuel Hartnett.

Ben Gilpin of Gil-Plans Architecture received two awards for his project ‘Whareroa’ located in Raumati South. He received the Regional Residential New Home between 150m2 and 300m2 Award and a Commended Award in the Residential Interiors category.

A new house project, ‘Whareroa’ features splayed forms that align with the irregular boundaries of the section and cantilever over the banks edge to nestle in the trees. The lower level comprises of bedrooms, amenities and garaging, while the upper floor comprises of the social living spaces and extensive decking. Pitched ceilings provide volume to the living areas and large windows flood light into the home and provide a connection with the exterior. The cohesive material palette consists of aluminium, silvered cedar, dark charcoal, oak, artisan interior plastering and plywood.

Whareroa by Ben Gilpin of Gil-Plans Architecture. Photography by Paul McCredie.

Zak Kljakovic of Voxell won the 2021 Regional Residential Alterations and Additions Design Award for his work on a Porirua home. Originally designed by prominent architect Friedrich Eisenhofer in the 1970s, the existing building at 66 Seaview Road offered an incredibly unique and exciting renovation opportunity for the owners.

ADNZ judges called the project a wonderful transformation.

“It has undone a terrible 80’s hacienda renovation to reveal and honour Eisenhofer’s original modernist design. Friedrich Eisenhofer’s design has been reborn and given an outstanding, tasteful, and thoughtful breath of new life. The character and key design intentions embodied in the original scheme by Eisenhofer have been respected and reinterpreted with aplomb. The courtyard is a focus as the heart of the project. Around this, the planning, material choice, spatial connections, and coherence, show a care and attention to detail that is mature, well-understood and sophisticated,” said the panel of judges.

66 Seaview Road by Zak Kljakovic of Voxell. Photography by André Vroon.

Grant Rayner of Rayner Architectural Design Ltd received a Highly Commended Award in Commercial/Industrial category for ‘Matariki Kindergarten’. The kindergarten building is located in a new industrial estate on the outskirts of Upper Hutt in Trentham at the base of the Rimutaka Range. It was designed to replace a tired, outdated converted house that was no longer fit for purpose.

Simple, safe, accessible, warm, light and durable were requested by the operators. They needed a building that the children could use freely under the watchful eyes of the teachers and support staff.

Judges said it was a successful and clever kindergarten design.

Matariki Kindergarten by Grant Rayner of Rayner Architectural Design Ltd. Photography by Kevin Hawkins Photography.

Well done to all the winners of the Taranaki/ Whanganui/Manawatu and Wellington/Wairarapa regions.

Regional ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Award celebrations will be taking place throughout the month of August with the National Awards Gala being held on Friday the 29th of October 2021 in Dunedin.