The winner of the Home of the Year 2017 awards has been announced.
The top prize went to this Cambridge town house by Christopher Beer Architect.
Now in its 22nd year, Home of the Year celebrates residential architecture across the board. For more on the winning home and the finalists, check out this month’s special edition of HOME magazine, on sale now.
Here are some of the other homes among the 15 chosen finalists:
‘Stealth Bomber’ by Patchwork Architecture
One of two projects in the competition from this young studio is a three-bedroom home with a studio for their practice. It has the usual Wellington challenges: a steep site covered with trees and neighbours close on four sides. In response, the house drapes itself over a ridge in an angled L-shape. Inside, there’s drama: soaring ceilings, cosy spaces and changing levels, with big sliding doors connecting you to sheltered decks and courtyards. The architects – and friends – finished the house themselves over two years using found materials including reclaimed marble from a demolished office building, and yet it never feels anything less than carefully considered.
Tarrant-Millar House, Point Chevalier, Guy Tarrant Architects
An urban, beautifully detailed and highly resolved house on a very awkward site – a triangular-shaped section on Point Chevalier Road. Instead of putting the house in the middle of the section, Tarrant got permission to build a wall around the outside, and then place the house along the rear boundary, opening up to a very private courtyard. It’s beautiful, with a clerestory window that runs around the top, creating the illusion of a floating roof. It’s a community minded house too – a sunken garden surrounds the house, including rosemary and fruit trees.
Matakana Project by Glamuzina Architects + Paterson Architecture Collective
Presented with a flat, if beautiful, site in a field surrounded by trees and tall hills, Dom Glamuzina has created a sharp, almost urban house that rises beautifully out of the grass. It is positioned around a sheltered courtyard, with angled skylights breaking a long, low roof, referencing the nearby hills. It’s a cerebral, highly resolved house: outside, timber framework casts shadows across the facade while inside, changing volumes and twisting spaces create compression and release, as well as highly functional living spaces for a family with young children who love to entertain.
Mahurangi House, Mahurangi, Belinda George Architect
On a beautiful piece of land above the Mahurangi Inlet, Belinda George – in conjunction with her furniture maker husband David White – has created a house full of memory that is no less than contemporary. It’s determinedly rural – interpreting the broken forms of Northland farm buildings – yet current, even minimalist. The outside is clad with corrugated steel; inside reclaimed ‘river wood’ lines the interior. It’s richly detailed and somehow grand, without being pretentious.