‘Coastal beauty’ scoops award

Weekend Herald - - News - Anne Gib­son

A stun­ning house over­look­ing Piha — de­scribed as “a sen­si­tively de­signed re­treat that pays due re­spect to the wild beauty of Auck­land’s west coast” — has won big at the New Zealand Ar­chi­tec­ture Awards.

Herbst Ar­chi­tects last night won the Sir Ian Ath­field Award for Hous­ing, one of 17 prizes pre­sented at Welling­ton’s Te Papa Ton­garewa by the NZ In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tects.

The jury was glow­ing in its praise of the Kawakawa House de­sign.

As well as re­spect­ing the area’s “wild beauty”, the jury said: “Oc­cu­pa­tion must

be a plea­sure, no mat­ter what the sea­son or the weather. The house con­nects just as well to the po¯hutukawa for­est in which it sits, as to the beach it over­looks.”

The ar­chi­tects said the prop­erty was down a right-of-way but an ex­ist­ing two­s­torey house in front ob­scured ocean views from the lower level and the site was over-hung by trees so was sun­chal­lenged.

All the liv­ing ar­eas were on the up­per level to pro­vide views and bring in more light.

Devon­port-based Jeremy Sal­mond of Sal­mond Reed Ar­chi­tects won the gold medal which recog­nised his out­stand­ing ca­reer in her­itage and con­ser­va­tion, ac­knowl­edg­ing work on build­ings as his­tor­i­cally and ar­chi­tec­turally im­por­tant as Kerik­eri’s Stone Store and Rus­sell’s Pom­pal­lier House.

Vine­gar Lane — the Pon­sonby of­fice/ re­tail/res­i­den­tial scheme by Isth­mus Group — won an award for Plan­ning and Ur­ban De­sign.

The judges said it “showed there is a vi­able al­ter­na­tive in a city con­fronting more in­tense habi­ta­tion, to low-den­sity

subur­bia and mono­lithic multi-unit devel­op­ment”.

War­ren and Ma­honey’s work on the Water­view Con­nec­tion was deemed “a qual­i­ta­tive ad­vance in the de­sign ex­e­cu­tion of New Zealand in­fra­struc­ture projects”, also re­ceiv­ing an award for plan­ning and ur­ban de­sign.

Two Christchurch earth­quak­ere­place­ment build­ings won no­table awards: St An­drew’s Col­lege Cen­ten­nial Chapel by Ar­chi­tec­tus won a pub­lic ar­chi­tec­ture prize and Cathe­dral Gram­mar Ju­nior School by An­drew Bar­rie Lab and Ja­pan’s Tezuka Ar­chi­tects won in the ed­u­ca­tion cat­e­gory.

All the liv­ing ar­eas of the Piha house — de­signed by Herbst Ar­chi­tects — are on the up­per level to pro­vide views and bring in more light.

St An­drew’s Col­lege Cen­ten­nial Chapel in Christchurch, by Ar­chi­tec­tus, won a pub­lic ar­chi­tec­ture prize.

Jeremy Sal­mond

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