Two steep rural sites in Cambridge have prompted award-winning design responses at the Waikato Regional ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards 2022.
Daniel Cullen has won the Regional Residential New Home over 300m² award for Amongst the Gully, a house on a steep bushland site in the Cambridge countryside. And Lee Turner also won the same award and a Resene Color in Design Award for Stepped Ridge House, a contemporary home that slopes down the natural contour of the ridge into the foothills of Maungakawa Mountain.
Among the Gully is a contemporary house designed to match the steep contour of the land and positioned so as not to disturb native wildlife. Positioned for maximum solar gain and to showcase the incredible views of the surrounding bushland and farmland, the master bedroom and living areas cantilever over the ravine into the tranquil bushland.
ADNZ judges said the house was well positioned for maximum solar gain, as well as taking advantage of the incredible views of the surrounding New Zealand bushland and Waikato farmland.
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“The master bedroom and living areas have been cleverly cantilevered over the ravine, almost as if you are floating among the ravine vegetation,” the jury noted.
Lee Turner’s Stepped Ridge House is a low profile, multi-pod home that was built into the sloping ridge to disturb the horizon as little as possible. It was built with raw textures and a color palette drawn from nature.
Judges said the generous, dramatic, yet grounded home comfortably descends the natural contours of the land, revealing a range of spaces to inhabit and vantage points to indulge in.
“Raw materials and textures have been meticulously selected and detailed to flatter and not compete with the surrounding landscape. The house drinks in the view but respectfully sinks into the view for others. The low-profile roof emphasizes the the stepped design and the relationship of the spaces with the landscape.An elegant play on a sense of refuge and perspective.
“These beautiful homes celebrate escapism and a raw, natural aesthetic that allows you to relax and be transported. It’s fantastic to see our members taking inspiration from whenua and making the most of our incredible landscapes.
The 2022 ADNZ Bay of Plenty Awards highlight four projects – two houses, a church and a kindergarten.
TGA’s Jon McAlpine won four awards for two projects. He received a Highly Commended Award in the Residential New Home Between 150² and 300m² category for his work on a project called Rainscreen, and three awards for Palm Springs including the Regional Residential New Home Between 150² and 300m² Award, the Regional Residential Interiors Award and a Resene Color in Design Award.
Palm Springs, in Papamoa, Tauranga, is a practical, energy-efficient show home that fits right in with the Palm Springs aesthetic.
McAlpine approached the design with a mid-century modern intent. And the ADNZ judges praised the design’s relaxed elegance, strong connection to the landscape and sense of confinement in the orthogonal shapes.
Designed with a 6 Homestar rating, the project emphasizes sustainability.
ATA’s Adam Taylor won a Commended Award in the Residential New Home Between 150sqm and 300sqm category for Mana Ridge.
Walking the tightrope between rural and contemporary, this home has three modest gabled forms that will gently patina over time.
Taylor gathered spaces for common use and arranged each group across the head of the valley. The living and sleeping wings face north following passive design principles, with utility spaces tucked behind.
Werner Naude of DCA Architects of Transformation has won two awards for St John’s Church in Rotorua, which replaces the old church destroyed by fire. The project won the Regional Commercial/Industrial Award and the Regional Commercial Interior Award.
The judges said the brief for this new church was for it to be a community-connected place of God with flexible and welcoming spaces, while honoring the past. It had to be functional for the present, while being forward-looking and multicultural/generational.
“The overall result is a beautifully designed interior and exterior that provides both a spiritual and practical environment for the community.”
MOD Architecture’s Andrew Ward received a Commended Award in the Commercial/Industrial category for his work on Te Puna Kindergarten in Tauranga,
The kindergarten needed a new purpose-built building that could also serve the wider community after hours. The design response consisted of two pavilions separated by a central spine as the main entrance.
Northern light can enter the southern pavilion while providing a clear delineation between areas where children should be and where they shouldn’t. After hours, community groups can use the south pavilion without accessing the main building.
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