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Wanaka houses takes home architecture award

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 01 Aug, 2019 | By Allison McLean journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz

Wanaka is no stranger to homes with breathtaking builds and views; however, two local houses recently reigned supreme at the 2019 Otago/Southland ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards.

Last Friday, the annual awards celebrated the work and talent of New Zealand architectural designers and architects across a platform of categories and projects. All designers must be members of ADNZ, which is a professional body for architects and architectural designers in the country.

The Otago/Southland regional awards acknowledged the talent of eight designers, which included Michael John of AO Architecture and Andrew Simpson of Wiredog Architecture, for their separate designs on two Wanaka homes.

John received two awards for the Lake Wanaka project called Mount Gold Place, which was a ‘forever home' designed for a client with three teenage children and inspired by the elevated site. The home won joint place in the Residential New Home over 300msq Architectural Design Award category and the Resene Colour in the Design Award category.

John designed three distinct wings in the house with a central double storey ‘anchor block' that spreads across the site. The three wings take inspiration from ‘the classic southern chalet style', while the anchor block's ‘charred and brushed larch cladding is made to replicate the formation of the site's protected Kanuka trees'. Judges said the design is ‘uncompromising on arrival but opens magnanimously to shared indoor and outdoor spaces'. 

The Residential New Home over 300msq Architectural Design Award was also shared with Simpson who received the award for designing the three-bedroom Wanaka project called Kanuka Valley House. 

The design incorporates metal cladding with elevated materials, including rammed earth and timber elements. The home is designed to maintain a stable internal environment during Wanaka's seasonal changes through the use of ‘passive solar design, high performance window and door solutions, along with high levels of thermal mass'. Judges said ‘the intricately composed interiors create a continuously unfolding world of niches, frames, and graceful living spaces'.

Regional ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards will be held across NZ between June and August in the lead up to the national awards, which will wrap in mid-October.

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