2020 Canterbury Architecture Awards Winner
This re-working of a state house on the steep slopes above Lyttelton harbour is what creating a strong, safe, and nurturing family home is all about. The hand of the architect is evident in the details, finishing and furniture of a project that is clearly the result of a robust collaboration with the client. The new addition is staggered above and beyond the existing building, allowing selected views to the harbour in one direction and connection to the site, and outdoor living areas, to the other. This upper floor addition, light-filled and open, contrasts with the more intimate and quiet spaces of the lower floors. Strong cultural and philosophical ideas, along with the use of natural finishes and reclaimed native timbers, including korari harvested from the site, are literally and figuratively woven together seamlessly to create this whare.