Stunning timber houses shine in ADNZ Wellington/Wairarapa Awards

Timber reigns supreme among the winners of this year’s Wellington/Wairarapa ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards.

Almost every project in the awards, which were announced on October 15, 2020, shows an innovative use of timber, often both inside and out.

The winning designers were James Mackie of Mackit Architecture, Michael Holmes of Holmes Architecture, Ben Gilpin of Gilplans Architecture, Tim Wernham-Doo of Constructive Architecture, Ian Rattray of IR Group and Tushka Glintmeyer and Nathan Rooney of Space Architecture Studio.

Architectural Designer, Michael Holmes of Holmes Architecture, won a Wellington/Wairarapa Regional Residential New Home over 300m2 Architectural Design Award for “Krause House”, and a Highly Commended Award in the Residential New Home between 150m2 and 300m2 Category for his work on “Horse & Cart House”. The architectural designer also took out a Commended Award in the Residential Alterations and Additions Category for the “Stewart Renovation”.

Krause House is described as “almost rebelliously modern”, providing “a visual pop of contemporary sculpture within the established suburban setting”.

Judges likened the design to a finely finished tree house, popping its slatted timber, cabin-like profile up into the surrounding tree canopy.

“Living spaces, the kitchen, dining and the main bedroom are perched high above the neighbourhood, taking in the views. However, back down at ground level, from the entry side, it feels like a Mid-century Modern gem has been tucked away waiting for discovery,” said the judges.