High-end holiday homes featured in NZIA Waikato-Bay of Plenty Architecture Awards

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With a region spanning the coasts from Raglan in the west to the Coromandel Peninsula in the east, the Te Kāhui Whaihanga NZIA Waikato and Bay of Plenty architecture awards invariably include stunning holiday homes large and small.

This year is no exception. But awards organiser, Paul Raven of Shelter Architects, said the jury was impressed with each finalist because of the absolute love of what each architectural practice had created, dedication to the profession and their focus.

“Despite the fact that the whole country has been under pressure with the pandemic, everyone has been working to achieve the best outcome for their clients,” he said. “There was no grandstanding from anyone, they just took great pride in working with their customers on the trip.

Waimataruru by Pac Studio and Kristina Pickford Design in association is a stunning wooden vacation home on the Coromandel Peninsula.

SAM HARTNETT

Waimataruru by Pac Studio and Kristina Pickford Design in association is a stunning wooden vacation home on the Coromandel Peninsula.

“Every project we visited was a highlight, every single one of them. The fun we had just walking into some of these projects and thinking ‘hell, this is amazing’.

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The jury singled out the stunning Waimataruru from Pac Studio and Kristina Pickford Design in association for a special comment. This upscale vacation home on the Coromandel Coast has a single-pitched roof form that follows the flow of the terrain.

The views from Waimataruru Vacation Home are carefully framed.

SAM HARTNETT

The views from Waimataruru Vacation Home are carefully framed.

Built-in appliances ensure that the bank of wooden cabinets in the kitchen is uninterrupted.

SAM HARTNETT

Built-in appliances ensure that the bank of wooden cabinets in the kitchen is uninterrupted.

“Views are masterfully curated through wood carpentry, with art and artifacts, crafted steel and stone, and colors of soft plaster finishes,” the jury noted. “This house is a sophisticated informal building, perfectly suited to the site and its owners, and environmentally friendly to perfection.”

The house features weathered wooden beams, Shou Sugi Ban siding and exposed beams inside.

Fillmore House by Evelyn McNamara Architecture is another family vacation retreat, nestled at the base of a native bush-covered hill in Okawa Bay, Lake Rotoiti.

Fillmore House by Evelyn McNamara Architecture is a family retreat in Okawa Bay at Lake Rotoiti.

SIMON DEVITT

Fillmore House by Evelyn McNamara Architecture is a family retreat in Okawa Bay at Lake Rotoiti.

Fillmore House by Evelyn McNamara Architecture.

SIMON DEVITT

Fillmore House by Evelyn McNamara Architecture.

“With its clean rectangular form, the building’s raw and rugged textures frame the view of the lake – it sits beautifully in the native bush, exuding a sense of place and permanence,” noted the jury.

“The interior is moody and inviting, complemented by warm wood tones, dark steel and thoughtful lighting.”

The jury was particularly moved by a visit to Te Whare Mauri ō Tānewhirinaki – The Living Essence of Tānewhirinaki by Anthony Hoete, which won the unique Small Project award.

Te Whare Mauri o Tanewhirinaki by Anthony Hoete was designed to accommodate over 100 whakairo (sculptures).

ANTHONY HOETE

Te Whare Mauri o Tanewhirinaki by Anthony Hoete was designed to accommodate over 100 whakairo (sculptures).

The project was designed to temporarily house over 100 whakairo (sculptures) which are the tipuna (ancestors) and mauri (life force) of the ancient Ngāti Ira Tānewhirinaki ancestral home in the eastern Bay of Plenty.

“The careful and exact placement of these precious sculptures, in a luminous structure, facilitated the gathering of the hapū for their first wānanga in a generation,” said the jury. “Amazed by their surroundings, the hapū were inspired, and those present agreed to seek options for the reconstruction of Tānewhirinaki.”

Two projects received Enduring Architecture Awards – L Block Lecture Theaters -The University of Waikato Te Whare Wananga o Waikato (1978) by Smith, Grant and Associates (architect Rod Smith) and Te Whare – Lake Tarawera (1986) by Architecture Aotearoa ( architect Fred Stevens).

Te Whare - Lake Tarawera (1986) by Architecture Aotearoa (architect Fred Stevens) won an NZIA Waikato-BOP Enduring Architecture Award.

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Te Whare – Lake Tarawera (1986) by Architecture Aotearoa (architect Fred Stevens) won an NZIA Waikato-BOP Enduring Architecture Award.

“Te Whare is the culmination of an architect’s 36-year journey to create a space that embodies the soul, spirit and life of a sense of place,” said the jury. “The place is Lake Tarawera and te whare is this journey. This house kept growing and adapting to accommodate the whānau, friends and work.

Full list of winners:

Lodging

  • Point of view by Architecture Bureau
  • Park View by Brendon Gordon Architects
  • Number 22 by Brendon Gordon Architects
  • Aigéan, Opito Bay by Bull O’Sullivan Architecture
  • Waterhouse Family Home by Bull O’Sullivan Architecture
  • MV House by Cate Creemers
  • Twin Aspects by Edwards White Architects
  • Sisters’ Shrine by Edwards White Architects
  • Fillmore House by Evelyn McNamara Architecture
  • Acacia Bay Gables House by Fraser Cameron Architects
  • Casper’s House by Glamuzina Architects and Dessein Parke in association
  • Waimataruru by Pac Studio and Kristina Pickford Design in association
Bull O'Sullivan Architecture's Waterhouse family home is described by architect Michael O'Sullivan as

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Bull O’Sullivan Architecture’s Waterhouse family home is described by architect Michael O’Sullivan as “a bit of ‘railway housing’ from Taihape to Leamington”.

The black ceiling punctuated with triangular skylights draws the eye beyond.

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The black ceiling punctuated with triangular skylights draws the eye beyond.

Commercial Architecture

  • Profile Group Hautapu Facility by Jasmax

Education

  • Te Puna Kindergarten by MOD Architecture

Interior architecture

  • EWA Studio by Edwards White Architects
Te Puna Kindergarten in Tauranga by MOD Architecture.

WAYNE TAIT

Te Puna Kindergarten in Tauranga by MOD Architecture.

Public architecture

  • St Johns Church by DCA Architects of Transformation

Small project architecture

  • Te Whare Mauri ō Tānewhirinaki – The Living Essence of Tānewhirinaki by Anthony Hoete

Sustainable Architecture

  • L Block Lecture Theaters – The University of Waikato Te Whare Wananga o Waikato (1978) by Smith, Grant and Associates (architect Rod Smith)
  • Te Whare – Lake Tarawera (1986) by Aotearoa Architecture (architect Fred Stevens)

Resene Color Pricing

  • Waterhouse Family Home by Bull O’Sullivan Architecture

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