Home of the Year
Celebrating the best homes of 2017
Celebrating New Zealand’s most prestigious prize for residential architecture.
We’re not sure what St Matthew-in-theCity architect FL Pearson would make of our Home of the Year 2017, but we’re fairly sure he’d like it.
Designed by Cambridge architect Christopher Beer, our winning home was designed on a commercial site in a small town for a creative young family on a tight budget. It’s a house built from seondgrade cedar, corrugate and rejected bricks – and yet it achieves a sense of poetry. Situated in the heart of downtown Cambridge, it has afforded its owners the kind of urban lifestyle of which those in our bigger cities can only dream.
We celebrated the awards – sponsored by Altherm Window Systems – in the historic church at the end of March. Along with the Supreme Winner, we also awarded runner-up and Best City Home to Guy Tarrant for his own courtyard home in Point Chevalier, Auckland; Best Small Home went to Patchwork Architecture for an urbane little house in Mt Cook, Wellington; and Best Retreat to Belinda George for her home at Mahurangi, north of Auckland. A house in Matakana, meanwhile, by Dom Glamuzina and Aaron Paterson, and the home and Island Bay studio of Patchwork Architecture, were also named finalists and featured in our April/May 2017 issue.
We’d like to thank our sponsors for their support, and the architects and home owners for their enthusiasm and generosity in participating in Home of the Year 2017. We can’t wait for next year.
6 HOME editor Simon Farrell-Green with Beer. 7 As well as the top prize, winners received Champagne by Perrier Jouet. 8 Home of the Year judge Richard Naish (left) on the podium with winning home owners, Karen and Grant Jack, and Beer and Farrell-Green. 1 Auckland’s historic St Matthew-in-the-City hosted Home of the Year 2017. 2, 3 and 4 A greeting at the door and a tipple inside for guests. 5 Designed by Christopher Beer, the Home of the Year 2017 sits on a commercial site in the provincial town of Cambridge.