2015 New Zealand Architecture Awards Winner
A happy surprise in a dreary sea of suburbia, this house sends a stern rebuke to any suggestion that architecture makes little difference to the way we might live. The house immediately declares the courage of its convictions: the cherry red glowing out of the mature bush setting is both bold statement and also entirely appropriate. After all, what goes better with the green of our bush than pohutukawa red? Persuading Council of that argument was no easy business. Inside, the house’s few simple materials are elevated by great design and fine craftsmanship. The house is idiosyncratic, playful, a counterfoil to its bush setting but also deeply respectful of it, and a joy to its artistic and risk-taking owners.
- Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects (Auckland) Ltd