2018 New Zealand Architecture Awards Winner
Tūrama is an intriguing and innovative exercise in fusion architecture that blends house and whare and family dwelling and whānau retreat. The house makes its stand in Rotorua suburbia, amid a cluster of state houses, on land that has been in the client’s family for many generations. Rooted in familial whakapapa, informed by genealogical ley lines, and sheltered by a protective korowai, the house is an overt attempt to express an indigenous architecture that is more than skin deep. A declaration of design intent, the jury felt that this house is an overt contribution to the conversation about architecture in this country.