Top ar­chi­tec­ture trends

South Waikato News - - Property - COLLEEN HAWKES MID-CEN­TURY MOD­ERN FLOAT­ING EL­E­MENTS

New Zealand ar­chi­tec­ture trends for 2016 were marked by a move to­wards raw, ‘‘hon­est’’ ma­te­ri­als with a hand­crafted feel.

Tex­tured board-formed con­crete was ev­ery­where, along with nat­u­ral tim­ber and ply­wood. We also saw a swing to­wards ar­chi­tec­ture that re­flects a dis­tinct Mid-cen­tury in­flu­ence, in line with what is hap­pen­ing with in­te­ri­ors.

And dec­o­ra­tive screens were prom­i­nent, both in­side and out, in keep­ing with the move to­wards hand­crafted el­e­ments.

Con­crete con­tin­ues to be a favoured ma­te­rial for walls, floors and is­land bench­tops. But we have seen a huge num­ber of houses fea­tur­ing tex­tu­ral board­formed con­crete that re­tains the grain­ing and weatherboard look of the box­ing.

Th­ese ma­te­ri­als epit­o­mise New Zealand and our back-to-ba­sics, can-do at­ti­tude. They con­vey a hum­ble, hand­crafted look, yet are of­ten used with great so­phis­ti­ca­tion. But too much of a good thing can be a not-so-good thing.

The ex­ten­sive use of tim­ber wall lin­ings echoes many of the orig­i­nal Mid-cen­tury Mod­ern homes. Those homes have had a huge in­flu­ence

2016 has also a year when we have rev­elled in con­trast­ing heavy with light.

Fully glazed walls ap­pear to sup­port a heavy tim­ber ceil­ing

SI­MON WIL­SON

Bi­fold­ing ex­panded-alu­minium mesh screens pro­vide shade, pri­vacy and se­cu­rity.

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