2019 New Zealand Architecture Awards Winner
Imaginative planning and excellent fabrication have produced a beguiling house that responds very effectively to local climate and weather conditions and to the requirements of the clients. The design is underpinned by strong ideas referencing the courtyard houses of Mies van der Rohe and the geometries of the de Stijl movement, and these ideas have been convincingly carried through to provide a sequence of spaces offering both shelter and stimulus. The ‘pinwheel’ plan that generates the house’s courtyards expresses a disciplined but non-hierarchical formal approach – no elevation is privileged – that suits a holiday home in a relaxed island environment. The house is animated by its textural qualities and layered detailing, and by the lovely play of natural light.