Ed­i­tor’s let­ter

HOME Magazine NZ - - News - —Si­mon Far­rell-Green

Some­times, what you leave out says more than what you put in, and that could not be more true for Home of the Year 2018. If there’s a theme to this year, it’s that our fi­nal­ists – and mag­nif­i­cent win­ner at Piha, Auck­land, by Lance and Ni­cola Herbst – are all de­fined by re­straint. Take our win­ning home, de­signed for an Auck­land fam­ily as a beach house that will grad­u­ally tran­si­tion to a more per­ma­nent res­i­dence. It has all the hall­marks of great­ness: on an iconic beach, sur­rounded by an­cient pōhutukawa, with a view over the dunes to the Tas­man Sea. The sun­sets are spec­tac­u­lar, and the wa­ter is just a short stroll down a me­an­der­ing beach track. To make a house as good as this takes enor­mous skill, a sym­pa­thetic client and the guts to know what not to do. Ul­ti­mately, that in­volves tak­ing things out. There are two mod­est bed­rooms and a bunkroom, be­cause that’s re­ally all you need in a beach house. There’s no front deck: in­stead, the liv­ing room is ef­fec­tively a cov­ered area that opens to the el­e­ments and is com­plete with a steel handrail – per­fect for bal­anc­ing a glass of wine. There’s a shel­tered court­yard in the mid­dle. There’s no scullery, no me­dia room, no dou­ble garage, no guest ‘pow­der room’. There is, though, a clerestory win­dow on top of which sits a beau­ti­ful, folded ceil­ing and de­light­ful for­est views. It’s a nu­anced, thought­ful res­o­lu­tion and one that makes for a par­tic­u­larly lovely place to be. That’s what makes Home of the Year so very ex­cit­ing – it’s about the pure ex­pres­sion of very good ideas. We hope you en­joy it.

Top left Guy Tar­rant puts a fresh new face on an old sub­ur­ban street (p.82).

Above left The court­yard of the win­ning west-coast home by Herbst Ar­chi­tects (p.66). Top right A fam­ily hol­i­day home by Cy­mon All­frey com­prises a camp­site-like gath­er­ing of dwellings (p.138). Above right Braden Har­ford de­signs his own home with clar­ity and warmth (p.96).

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