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What did you en­joy about pho­tograph­ing the house? It was fan­tas­tic to pho­to­graph – the light con­stantly changes through­out the day, cast­ing dra­matic light and shadow in beau­ti­ful pat­terns. I en­joyed cap­tur­ing th­ese ef­fects as they ap­peared. You work on projects in New Zealand on your re­turn trips? Over the past few years I've been do­ing more and more projects in New Zealand and the plan is to find a way back per­ma­nently. What are you work­ing on at the mo­ment? I'm look­ing for­ward to pho­tograph­ing a num­ber of in­ter­est­ing houses in the spring. Then there's the Salone de Mo­bile in Mi­lan in April and the Venice Ar­chi­tec­tural Bi­en­nale in May. Tell us about the home. It deftly man­ages the del­i­cate bal­anc­ing act of be­ing both re­spect­ful and coura­geous. It's not a fake-his­tor­i­cal ob­ject that's apolo­get­i­cally try­ing to look like ev­ery­one else, but it isn't scream­ing for at­ten­tion ei­ther. In­stead, it takes some de­sign cues from the ad­ja­cent vil­las and bun­ga­lows to cre­ate a thought­ful, brave and (I think) very suc­cess­ful an­swer to a dif­fi­cult ques­tion: how can a brand-new home be a pleas­ing ad­di­tion to a lovely old street? What most cap­tured your at­ten­tion? Apart from the fas­ci­nat­ing street el­e­va­tion, this feels like a home that's been beau­ti­fully shaped to the lives of the peo­ple who live there. I think that's be­cause of the trust es­tab­lished be­tween Mar­i­anne and Terry, the own­ers, and Guy, the ar­chi­tect. Mar­i­anne and Terry gave Guy a de­tailed brief of their spa­tial re­quire­ments and how they wanted their home to feel, but left it to Guy to come up with a way to achieve those goals. I think their open-mind­ed­ness left him plenty of cre­ative free­dom, which is the best way to make magic hap­pen. What do you think it takes for a house to be a Home of the Year? A home that feels like clients and ar­chi­tects have worked to­gether to cre­ate some­thing that ex­ceeds both their ex­pec­ta­tions. It doesn't mat­ter if a house is big or small – it's more about it feel­ing joy­ful and per­sonal and sur­pris­ing.

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