2020 Auckland Architecture Awards Winner
This legacy project for one of the earliest Pakeha families in the district, whose ancestor signed the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, replaces the original hilltop homestead with its generations of accumulated memories. The new whare, ‘Lovers Leap’, is appropriately austere in its materiality, given its rural location, and pragmatic in its intent; there are lots of areas to kick off the gumboots. The courtyard off the back of the kitchen – not a stereotypical design move – offers shelter from the wind and a place for intimate kōrero. The warm hues of the walls suit the art works of the owners. In sum, this house is a simple and robust delight.