Waitarere bach an ar­chi­tec­tural win­ner

Horowhenua Chronicle - - NEWS -

A Waitarere house scored twice in the an­nual Welling­ton Ar­chi­tec­ture awards.

Named Waitarere Es­cape, it won the Re­sene Colour In De­sign Award and was com­mended in the Res­i­den­tial New Home be­tween 150m2 and 300m2 Ar­chi­tec­tural De­sign Award cat­e­gory.

Matthew Janes from Palmer­ston North de­signed the bach. The house is de­scribed as “a mod­ern home de­signed with class and so­phis­ti­ca­tion, all the while pay­ing homage to its harsh and rugged sur­rounds. Draw­ing in­spi­ra­tion from the harsh land­scape, cedar weath­er­boards and dec­o­ra­tive wood-tex­tured pre­cast pan­els are part of a pal­ette sym­pa­thetic to the prop­erty’s sur­round­ings”. The judges said it ex­plores the depths and beauty of Waitarere Beach. From the raw con­crete, to the grey pal­ette, the colours speak vol­umes “and send you into a dreamy hide­away”.

“This is a solid house made to sur­vive the harsh Waitarere cli­mate. Its pre­cast con­crete pan­els, com­bined with tim­ber and glaz­ing set into re­cesses, con­trast against grasses and lupins.

“The flat roof pro­vides a low form which blends in on the site and an­swers the client’s re­quest for low main­te­nance fin­ishes,” they said. The Awards were handed out last Fri­day in Welling­ton.

This year, four awards, one highly com­mended and three com­mend­eds were awarded to four de­sign­ers in the Welling­ton/ Wairarapa re­gional round.

The award win­ners are Ben Gilpin of Gil-plans Ar­chi­tec­ture, Matthew Janes of PAK De­sign, James Mackie of Mackit Ar­chi­tec­tural De­sign & Con­struc­tion and Lee Turner of Turner Road Ar­chi­tec­ture.

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