2017 New Zealand Architecture Awards
A relatively straightforward proposition – an intermittently-occupied house that can be opened up and folded closed – has engendered a thoroughly rigorous and disciplined response. Intellectual reduction was followed by over-scaled realisation. Very generously proportioned volumes are encased in extremely well crafted materials selected from a limited palette. Space is the luxury here; the wooden sides of the house slide back so the big indoors flows to the great outdoors. Time is another commodity in plentiful supply: the level of detailing evident in the house is not achieved quickly. On an idyllic site, considerable resource has supported a single-minded pursuit of quality.