PA­TRICK REYNOLDS

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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.

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