2011 New Zealand Architecture Awards Winner
Te Mata House
The Te Mata House is beautifully conceived for its elevated and exposed site. A recessive, black form provides shelter from the wind and sequential framed views. Art is important to this project: the house, which itself has a sculptural quality, was always envisaged as a repository for artworks, and a cleverly striated plan allows the clients' collection to be incorporated into both rooms and circulation areas. This is clearly a house designed for particular lives; addressing their clients' requirements, the Architects have provided them with an appropriate and enjoyable home.