Two steep rural sites in Cambridge spurred award-winning design responses at the 2022 ADNZ Waikato Regional Architectural Design Awards.
Daniel Cullen won the award for New Residential Regional Home of over 300 square metres for Amaze the Jolly, a house located on a steep shrub site in the Cambridge countryside. Lee Turner also won the same award and a Resene Color in Design Award for Stepped Ridge House, a contemporary house that steps out of the natural surroundings of the hills in the foothills of Mount Maungakawa.
Ben Gully is a contemporary home designed to fit the sharp contours of the land, and positioned to leave the local fauna undisturbed. They are positioned to maximize solar energy, and to show great views of the surrounding bush and farmland, and the master bedroom and living areas cantilever over canyons in quiet bushland.
The governors of ADNZ said the house is well located to maximize solar energy, as well as to take advantage of the stunning views of native New Zealand shrub and Waikato plantations.
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The jury noted that “the master bedroom and living areas were cleverly cantilevered over the groove, almost as if you were floating among the groove plants.”
Lee Turner’s Stepped Ridge House is a low, multi-roofed house built into a sloping ridge to reduce skyline disruption. Constructed using raw materials and a color palette derived from nature.
Still standing on the grounds, the judges said the generous and dramatic home comfortably steps from the natural contours of the terrain to reveal a series of spaces for habitation and better points of indulgence.
“Raw materials and textures have been meticulously selected and detailed to create a more flattering and not compete with the surrounding landscape. The house drinks the views but respectfully dives into the view for others. The low ceiling emphasizes the stepped design and the relationship of the spaces to the landscape. An elegant play about a sense of sanctuary and outlook.”
“These beautiful homes celebrate an escape from reality and a natural aesthetic that allows you to relax and move around. It is great to see our members taking cues from when and making the most of our stunning landscapes.”
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TGA’s Jon McAlpine won four awards for two projects. Received a High Commendation Award in the New Residential Home category between 150 and 300 sq. in Design.
Palm Springs, in Papamoa, Tauranga, is a functional, energy-efficient show house that sits comfortably with a Palm Springs aesthetic.
McAlpine approached design with mid-century modern intent. Rulers of Abu Dhabi in New Zealand praised the design’s relaxed elegance, strong connection to the landscape, and sense of containment within the orthogonal forms.
Designed with a 6 Homestar rating, the project focused on sustainability.
Adam Taylor of the ATA received the Commendation Award in the New Condominium category between 150 and 300 square meters for Mana Ridge.
Walking the tightrope between rustic and contemporary, this home has three unassuming gabled shapes that you’ll notice gently over time.
Taylor collected commonly used spaces and classified each group across the head of the valley. The living and sleeping suites are oriented northward to passive design principles, with the utility spaces behind.
Werner Naude of DCA Architects of Transformation has won two awards for St John’s Church in Rotorua, which replaces an earlier church destroyed in a fire. The project has been awarded the Regional Commercial/Industrial Award and the Intra-Commercial Regional Award.
The judges said the brief for this new church was to be a place of God connected to the community with flexible and welcoming spaces, while also honoring the past. It should be functional in the present, while also focused on the future and multicultural/generational.
“The overall result is a beautifully crafted interior and exterior that provides a spiritual and functional environment for the community.”
Andrew Ward of MOD Architecture received the Commendation Award in the Commercial/Industrial category for his work at Te Puna Kindergarten in Tauranga,
The Kindergarten needed a new purpose-built building that could also serve the wider community outside of business hours. The design response consisted of two wings separated by a central spine as the main entrance.
Northern light can enter the south pavilion while providing a clear delineation between the areas where children should be and where they should not be. After hours, community groups can use the south wing without access to the main building.
This new vacation home, called Twin Peaks, was designed by Maurice Regeer of MnM Design. It has won the ADNZ Regional Constructed Award.