The photographer shot the Home of the Year 2016 (p.76), Anthony Hoete’s Villameter (p.120), and Rore Kahu, a building by Pip Cheshire (p.62).
What do you think is most successful about the winning home, and what does it say about the way the Herbsts’ work is heading? Their houses always have a sexiness in their elegance. Here, however, perhaps in response to the setting and relative toughness of a working farm, they’ve added a bit more grunt, and the earthiness feels more solid than in earlier dwellings.
You also photographed Rore Kahu, a building in Northland by Pip Cheshire that’s designed for contemplation of a historic site. How does it help a building to be freed of pragmatic constraints and to exist for a view? Looks like a wonderful but tough gig to me; such opportunity yet with so few practical constraints, so where do you start? The result is fantastic, with a dramatic reveal of the view as you round the entrance between the massive earth walls. This material is not only beautiful but also carries a timelessness appropriate to the contemplative function of the place.
It’s the 21st birthday of Home of the Year. Which winners stand out the most for you? Oh that’s not fair! So many great buildings; it’s like being asked to pick your favourite child.
What else are you working on at the moment? A new book on contemporary residential architecture with John Walsh. It’s a dynamic field, with dwellings of all sizes by great architects.