Judge and jury

Tour­ing the coun­try with the judg­ing panel for our Home of the Year awards.

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On tour with the panel for Home of the Year 2017

By the time you read this, HOME’s editor Si­mon Far­rell-Green will be on the road – along with in­ter­na­tional guest judge Todd Saun­ders and cel­e­brated ar­chi­tect Richard Naish – to judge the 2017 Home of the Year, brought to you by Al­therm Win­dow Sys­tems.

There was a bumper crop of en­tries this year and the panel will visit 15 houses in all – from Mangawhai to Queen­stown via Cam­bridge and Lyt­tel­ton, Ha­hei and Is­land Bay – across seven days, mul­ti­ple flights and rental cars. Then they’ll sit down and work out the fi­nal six, to be published in our April/May is­sue.

There’s a build­ing boom, sure, but there’s also a grow­ing so­phis­ti­ca­tion in New Zealand ar­chi­tec­ture. In the City Home cat­e­gory, there are houses on tiny ur­ban sec­tions where own­ers have cho­sen to build small but smart, a breath­tak­ing re­sponse to an awk­ward cor­ner site, and two com­pli­cated sub­ur­ban sites with neigh­bours close by. There’s a thor­oughly ur­ban house in a pro­vin­cial town and a place that makes bril­liant use of a strangely shaped site. There are four coun­try houses in the Re­treat cat­e­gory, with one perched above mud­flats and another in­hab­it­ing a beau­ti­ful shel­tered val­ley. It all goes to show that while a great view helps, it’s not ev­ery­thing: de­sign is key.

The judg­ing team will also stop in Welling­ton (Fe­bru­ary 14) and Auck­land (Fe­bru­ary 16) for two public lec­tures with Saun­ders – in Welling­ton, they’ll show Strange & Fa­mil­iar: Ar­chi­tec­ture on Fogo Is­land, a film of his work in New­found­land. At both, over a glass of wine, Saun­ders will chat about what he’s seen of New Zealand ar­chi­tec­ture.

And don’t for­get to fol­low the jour­ney on In­sta­gram – it’s a tough gig, but some­one has to do it.

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