Editor’s let­ter

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I have a very clear mem­ory of be­ing given a boot­leg tape of Nir­vana’s 1991 al­bum Nev­er­mind at the back of English class by my friend Paul, who in­sisted that I copy it and give it back im­me­di­ately. I never did: it’s still in a box un­der the house. I hadn’t lis­tened to the al­bum for years and when I did – this time on Spo­tify, not a scratchy cas­sette – I re­alised it wasn’t the hits that I re­mem­bered most fondly. Oh sure, ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and ‘Come as You Are’ are mod­ern mas­ter­pieces that changed mu­sic for­ever, but I also lis­tened to the B sides – the tracks that didn’t make the sin­gles charts – with in­tense af­fec­tion. Around the same time, I was look­ing through old copies of this mag­a­zine for our 80th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions when I came across a par­tic­u­larly strik­ing house in the Fe­bru­ary/March 1991 is­sue. White-painted con­crete block walls and sarked tim­ber ceil­ings, ter­ra­cotta floor tiles and vol­umes that seemed to ex­pand and con­tract. It was de­signed by John Scott for his daugh­ter Ema on fam­ily land at Hau­moana: she still lives there, but few out­side the fam­ily have seen it since it was published a quar­ter of a cen­tury ago. It was, I re­alised, a kind of ar­chi­tec­tural B side; a house that shows an ar­chi­tect in full com­mand of his tal­ents, hav­ing spent decades work­ing out de­tails and forms, spa­ces and the flow of one room to the next. Within a few weeks, I came across more ex­am­ples – in­clud­ing the de­light­ful 1980s home of Ross Jen­ner which fea­tures on our cover – and so we de­cided to ded­i­cate a whole is­sue to for­got­ten houses. They’re houses that speak of both time and place, and which show the de­vel­op­ment of their ar­chi­tect’s work from project to project. But they’re also homes that are lived in by peo­ple in 2017, hav­ing en­dured through the decades with all of their orig­i­nal de­light and grace in­tact. That’s worth cel­e­brat­ing. And Paul – give me a ring if you want your tape back. It’s still good.

We’re just putting the fi­nal touches on the itin­er­ary for our judg­ing tour for Home of the Year, brought to you by Al­therm Win­dow Sys­tems. We’ll soon set off with our in­ter­na­tional guest judge, Todd Saun­ders, and two-time win­ner Richard Naish, trav­el­ling from one end of the coun­try to the other in search of the six best houses for 2017.

As with last year, there are four sub-cat­e­gories as well as the supreme award – Best City Home, Best Multi-Unit, Best Small Home and, new for this year, Best Re­treat. We’ve been pleas­antly sur­prised by the ways in which this has changed the houses en­tered: check out our fea­ture on some of the en­tries on page 30. And don’t for­get to come along to our public talks with Saun­ders in Welling­ton and Auck­land on Fe­bru­ary 14 and 16.

Above left Top left The re­ju­ve­na­tion of the par­tic­u­larly lovely Hast­ings City Art Gallery (p.54). The Hau­moana home de­signed for Ema Scott by her fa­ther, the late John Scott (p.98). Top right Ross Jen­ner’s com­pound in Re­muera, Auck­land cel­e­brates in­te­ri­or­ity (p.110). Above right Gre­gory O’Brien re­flects on Ani­waniwa (p.58).

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