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