“Small, sustainable, simple and special,” was how judges described one of the big winners in the Bay of Plenty 2020 ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards.
Pohutukawa House, designed by Steven Chambers of Stufkens + Chambers Architects, won the Residential Compact New Home up to 150m2 award.
And those same four words summed up the designer’s brief, says Chambers. “The owners had previously lived in a family home on the site for 40 years. Stufkens + Chambers Architects sought to take what was special from a memory point of view from the existing house and translate that into the new, so that the new became a continuum of the old.”
Materials were extracted from the family home on the site before it was removed. Timber sarking was salvaged for re-use, and old internal doors were turned into bedroom window shutters. The house has a passive solar design, and features greywater harvesting and electric vehicle charging.
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ADNZ judges praised the use of recycled existing materials and the way Chambers had taken care to ensure the home is future proofed with features such as the electric vehicle chargers. “However, it was the obvious care and attention placed on detailing, that made the project stand out.”
Chambers received a second, Commended Award for his design of a commercial build in Willow Street.
Creating a sense of calm, while maintaining the privacy of a home, was the intent behind Mt Maunganui home Muricata House, which won Jason MacDonald of JMAC Architecture the regional award for Best Residential Interiors.
“In this extraordinary project, the interiors celebrate a pared-back palette of soft greys, warm whites, and rhythmically ordered timbers to deliver an organic sensory of calm,” the judges said. “Precise attention to detail and the clever contrast of natural mediums enhance the home’s warmth and light tones. While the rawness of the concrete feature wall polished to a smooth sheen makes an unexpected, yet stunning, offset against cedar walls and cabinetry.”
The judges also praised MacDonald for his meticulous detailing.
Darryl Church of DCA Architects of Transformation was the recipient of five regional awards for four projects.
He received the Bay of Plenty Resene Colour in Design Award for his work on an office fit-out at Holland Beckett Law. Judges commented on the use of colour to create a sense of joy, with the yellow tones used in the interior carefully linked to the Holland Beckett Law branding. This project also received a Commended Award in the Commercial/Industrial Interiors category sponsored by GIB.
Church’s other awards include a Highly Commended in the Residential Multi-Unit Dwelling category-sponsored by MiTek for his project Pilot Bay Apartments. This build, with a challenging site and a complex brief, resulted in four elegant and sophisticated apartments that overlook the bay in Tauranga.
A Commended Award in the Commercial/Industrial category for the Cultural Crossing Commercial Building in Rotorua was also earned by Church for his delivery of a building that celebrates the cultural crossover between Pakeha and Māori.
Judges said the project embeds traditional Taniko patterns while referencing the rigour of colonial times in the design of its facades.
Church’s fourth award-winning project for the evening, and fifth award, is proof that local government facilities do not need to be boring, with a fit-out he completed for the Bay of Plenty Regional Council receiving a Commended Award in the Commercial/Industrial Interiors category.
The final recipient at last night’s Bay of Plenty ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards was Adam Taylor of ATA who received a Commended Award in the Residential Alterations and Additions category for his design Shug Life.
“This two-storey, Art Nouveau beach cottage in Mount Maunganui has been completely re-interpreted in a contemporary, urban and slightly provocative way,” said the judges.
“Shug Life enthusiastically and elegantly meets the design brief: ‘A bach with the practicalities of a bach, without looking like one’.”
Taylor says the project was inspired by the curves of the home;’ original design. “With a nod to Mauao, which rests proudly in the background, the entire upper floor (fully redesigned) is enveloped by vertical cedar battens over vertical cedar weatherboards stained to reflect the richness of the Mauao earth on which it sits.
Raked screens, hide all parapet flashings and joinery units for privacy. Underneath, a warm, matt plaster finish, over existing masonry, pairs with matching white joinery to create a light foundation for the richness above.
“This light meets dark philosophy is echoed inside with white walls, gentle curves, and soft oak flooring anchored by a dark back wall in the kitchen.”
The ADNZ’s national award winners for 2019 can be seen in this video. The Supreme Award winner was a small, two-bedroom family home in Gisborne.