Rutherford House
Elizabeth Street
Marine Parade
Essex Road
Grosvenor Street
Cumberland Street
Easterbrook
Winsomere Crescent
Williamson Ave
Westmere Park Ave
Ashley Ardrey
Coopers Beach House
Ebisu Restaurant
Ewen Alison Ave
Hurstmere Rd Brew Bar
Martin House
Matapana Road
Nihinihi Avenue
Obstetric Clinic
Rice Restaurant
Robinson House
Rutherford House
Shoebox
Tyler Street Garage
West End Rd
Whites Road
Lynch Street
Godden Cres
Kirkmay
Allum Street
Archdall
John Street
Kawau Island
Queen Street Apartment
Scotts Landing
Seaview Avenue
Shorwell Street
Te Ahu Ahu Road
Wellpark Ave
William Denny
broomfields
colchester
Taupo Tauranga / Oruatua
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Taupo Tauranga / Oruatua
2009

Boxes form the basis of this intriguing modern holiday house…. bold forms and stark lines create an overall effect, which is solid without being monumental. Glass curtain walls create opportunities to bring the outdoors in and to incorporate internal building elements into the geometry of the structure.

(Judges comment)


Formally the house consists of 4 main elements; (1) a concrete base, which at some points is folded up to contain interior spaces, (2 and 3) two black cedarclad bedroom blocks, and (4) an open-plan white structured ‘veranda’. The concrete base provides the required floor level rise, creating intermediate zones between inside and outside. Raised decks from both the living room and snug articulate elevated, and in the case of the front deck, covered outdoor spaces. The living space arrangement suits the extreme climates of the location, activities and varying degrees of privacy. The large open-plan ‘veranda’ space comprises kitchen, lounge and dining. A snug, a step lower with an open fireplace, can on colder days be closed off from the main space. The top-floor sitting room affords a private sanctuary for the owners when entertaining family and friends.