A small holiday home on New Zealand’s rugged south coast has caught the eye of the judges at this year’s Trends International Design Awards (TIDA).
The project, designed by Stacey Farrell of Stacey Farrell Architect, won the 2022 TIDA New Zealand Architect New Home of the Year award.
The low, grounded house is embedded in the landscape, sheltered from the harsh coastal weather, while materials and colors have been deliberately pared back so as not to compete with the natural environment.
The TIDA judges said the discreet hideaway illustrated how thoughtful design and architecture can make the most of a remote location and deliver a very distinctive home – on a very small budget.
Not only designed to be sustainable, with a low impact on the environment, the house is also movable as sea levels rise. It “wraps” around a large, wind-swept native beech and opens to reveal views of dunes, the ocean, and snow-capped mountains.
The interior is oriented to make the most of the sun, views and solar gain, with a limited material palette of two interior claddings to match the two exterior claddings.
Paul Taylor, chair of the TIDA jury, says the easing of post-Covid difficulties for the construction industry has led to a large number of entries for this year’s awards.
He says this year’s award winners show how good designers take on challenges and come up with solutions that turn a negative into a positive.
“On the one hand, this can mean working within a limited budget. Or the site itself may have challenging aspects, such as a steep slope or awkward orientation or difficult dimensions.”
Other winners are as follows:
2022 TIDA New Zealand Renovation of the Year: Brendon Monk of Modo Architects
After living in this home on a Marlborough vineyard for 12 years, the owners called upon the home’s original architect to design additional living and entertaining areas, plus a large covered outdoor area.
At the same time, they wanted to expand landscape design, including restoring the flora around the waterfront.
Monk designed a sheltered multi-purpose addition, with full-height sliding doors and a retractable roof. The outdoor area doubles as a large shade canopy for the dining room in the summer and creates a sun trap for the winter.
The TIDA judges were impressed with how the addition created a flexible extension of the entire central living pavilion, creating additional living space, as well as the large outdoor room.
2022 TIDA New Zealand Designer New Home of the Year: Garry Mayne, Studio 4 Architects
This new single-family home in a residential area with rural views was to become a modern entertainer’s home.
The design responds to it to provide the owners with a private oasis, open to the sun and the environment.
Externally the house creates a sense of arrival as you approach. The restrained material palette of gypsum and locally produced Timaru stone continues from the outside in and forms a direct connection to the landscape.
Inside, the double-height living area has a sloping ceiling with tall windows that create a play of light and shadow over the interior throughout the day.
TIDA judges described this modern family home as “an outstanding example of how well-considered architecture can enhance the lifestyle of a growing family and provide an environment that can be enjoyed all year round.”
2022 TIDA New Zealand Group Home Builder of the Year: David Reid Homes Waitaki/South Canterbury
This 380 sqm luxury residence consists of two pavilions tilted in a V, with the entrance at the top. The wings – one clad in weathered steel and the other in plaster – open onto rural vistas and are connected by extensive terraces.
The steel-clad pavilion is dedicated to the kitchen and open-plan living and dining room, with a mezzanine above the kitchen providing another lounge and office.
Black steel frames, slanted paneled ceilings, and polished concrete are offset by sage green walls, while light streams in through sliders, skylights, floor-to-ceiling, and clerestory windows. The second wing houses bedrooms.
The TIDA judges noted that not only the general shape of the house and the fresh, modern interior made an immediate impression, but also the high level of detail seen throughout.
2022 TIDA New Zealand Interior Design of the Year: Jennie Dunlop, Dunlop Design
This was the second time the interior designer was brought in to work on this home. The first time, 20 years ago, was updating an 1980s interior installed in the 1912 Edwardian home.
Now the owners are empty nesters with grandchildren. They wanted to completely upgrade the ground floor, in line with their new lifestyle.
Existing glossy marble floor tiles were removed throughout and replaced with beautiful bespoke bespoke oak floors complete with underfloor heating. And the underutilized formal dining room has been transformed into a bright, modern dining space for family gatherings. Meanwhile, the family seating group has doubled in size and now accommodates two new sofas and armchairs.
Massive bi-fold doors between the family and living rooms were replaced with a custom-designed wall of iron and glass.
The kitchen was also refreshed with new surfaces and a large skylight was removed to accommodate three Falling Leaf pendants above the island.
The TIDA judges noted how this second interior refresh skillfully created a more contemporary style with cleaner lines, while preserving the integrity of the home’s classic Edwardian architectural elements.
Here are the best new homes, renovations and interiors in New Zealand for 2021, as rated by the TIDA panel. (Video first shown in November 2021)