A black, barn-like home has been awarded the top prize in the 2014 National ADNZ/Resene Architectural Design Awards. Designed by Waikato designer Tane Cox of Red Architecture, the Whatawhata house is actually two structures split into living and sleeping quarters, and bathrooms and garaging.
“Although modest in appearance, the two black barn-like structures are hard to miss,” says Cox. “The house won’t be everyone’s idea of perfect but I think the approach to the design is an important aspect that anyone can take on board regardless of whether they want to spend a little or a lot.”
“This design is a true testament to the innovation and creativity of young New Zealand designers – in particular, it demonstrates how young designers are proving inventiveness and good design are possible with a limited budget. It is such a cool, ingenious and economical design,” says ADNZ general manager, Astrid Andersen.
In addition to the supreme award winner, eight other designs from across the country were recognised. They include: the Redwood public toilets in Rotorua, set amongst a redwood forest and designed by Darryl Church of Darryl Church Architecture; and SoYo, a frozen yoghurt store in Christchurch designed by Chris Wheeler. Other residential properties to be recognised include: a Fiji beach house designed by Greg Young of Life Style Architecture; a Coromandel home designed by Design House Architecture; and Canterbury accommodations made from silos.