A Christchurch house was last night announced as the nation’s best architectural design.
The Christchurch architect designed the “modest, contemporary home” in Merivale to accommodate the daily needs of a couple, and to also be spacious enough to handle the expected return of their adult children.
Judges described the house as “beautifully composed” with an “exemplary relationship to its garden”.
“Still and orderly, this reflects the great skill and control of its designer.”
The suburban home is set in a “gardened” street and Allfrey took that into consideration by setting the home back from the road.
The house has a central entrance into a gallery that becomes two levels in height and serves as the hub of the home.
The gallery is designed to allow sun from the east into the kitchen, and passive ventilation through a thermal chimney means the home does not need air-conditioning.
The main living spaces are in the north of the home. The secondary sleeping and living rooms are at the first-floor level, which serves as a second apartment.
Other winners included Tony Biesiek from Imagine Building Design, who took out a joint win of the residential Alterations and Additions Design Award for The Pepper House in New Plymouth. Biesiek’s design was praised by judges for its “unobtrusive commitment to sustainable design”.Follow @arquitectonico