2018 Canterbury Architecture Awards Winner
Akaroa – Maison Rue Jolie
This house is an exquisite response to the French-inspired vernacular context that defines Akaroa. While clearly contextual, the house is far from literal in respecting its surroundings. A single level gable serving as a boatshed is a restrained cue to a composition of gables that is full of surprise, delight, and colour. Internal volumes are linked to the immediate outdoor spaces and harbour views beyond, and are assured in scale. Deft touches of colour subtly reinforce the link to the wider vernacular context. The clever use of skylights, moveable timber screens, and interior vertical timber panelling creates a beautiful play of light, and imbues the house with an appropriately maritime feel.