May 22, 2024


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Renovation that took 12 yrs wins at Nelson and Marlborough architecture awards

“Good matters get time” is an previous adage that rings correct for a Nelson beachside residence, just after it received its architects recognition for a 12-yr renovation.

Tahunanui Property, by Irving Smith Architects, won one of the 4 awards provided to the organization in the Nelson Marlborough region’s Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects awards for 2021.

The project included two most important levels and several scaled-down moves to optimise the relatives house.

The Tahunanui House renovation by Irving Smith Architects took 12 years to complete.

Patrick Reynolds

The Tahunanui Household renovation by Irving Smith Architects took 12 many years to comprehensive.

“This loved ones property is comprehensive of persona and daily life, and has been cleverly lengthened and reconfigured to produce a mild-stuffed, welcoming refuge,” the judges’ quotation explained.

“A new entry offers privateness by removing the preceding pathway past bedrooms, although glazing and skylights from secondary dwelling areas cue the circulation route. The growth and contraction of house ensures there is room for everybody to hook up, even though also letting for retreat.

“This is a clever, attractive reaction which displays the near partnership among architect and consumer.”

Feather House has a kitchen hub at its centre – making it perfect for entertaining.

Patrick Reynolds

Feather Household has a kitchen area hub at its centre – generating it ideal for entertaining.

Yet another Irving Smith Architects undertaking, Feather Home, in the hills higher than Nelson, gained in the residential housing part, along with Nelson’s Collingwood Street Dwelling by Jerram Tocker Barron Architects, and Pivot Home by Borrmeister Architects in Marlborough.

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Feather Household is described as “a gregarious home”, “the end result of a shut collaboration between the architects and builders, who also occurred to be the clients”.

“This modestly sized house, located on an outstanding, elevated web site over Nelson, has a kitchen area hub at its centre and tapered finishes that feather out to external areas.

Feather House is a builder’s own home.

Patrick Reynolds

Feather Household is a builder’s possess residence.

“Living areas are oriented for unique situations of working day, wind directions, sun, and give a alternative among expansive view or cosy retreat.

Judges explained Pivot Home in Marlborough as a “refined illustration of suburban living” that usually takes gain of the sun.

“Pivoting all over an open kitchen area, this home’s inside spots are spacious, engaging and intended to harness both equally light and air flow from all obtainable elements.

Pivot House in Marlborough is composed of a ‘set of rotated pavilions’.

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Pivot Property in Marlborough is composed of a ‘set of rotated pavilions’.

“One can quickly see how the inhabitants could move as a result of the property as the working day commences, making the most of early morning mild on the front deck and tending to the vege backyard, right before retreating from the heat of the working day, then entertaining into the night.”

The winner of the Enduring Architecture section is absolutely sure to be controversial – Nelson’s central town Civic Home, which presently properties the town council.

The judges contrasted the 1983 setting up, created by Ministry of Works architect John Rowe in the mid-1970s, with other individuals in the CBD which they described as “bland commercial developments and drained more mature buildings”.

The Award for Enduring Architecture, won by Nelson's Civic House, celebrates buildings 25 years or older that have ‘stood the test of time’.

Virginia Woolf

The Award for Enduring Architecture, won by Nelson’s Civic Home, celebrates properties 25 many years or older that have ‘stood the take a look at of time’.

“Civic Household speaks a different language with character, honesty and a exclusive id. The robustness of its late Brutalist kinds might not acquire common acceptance, but there is an integrity in its materiality that reveals a increased level of architectural thing to consider.”

Judges describe times of “almost sculptural expression”.

“At six tales, the building’s scale and bulk is uncompromising, nonetheless also idealistic, hinting at a upcoming in which Nelson grows outside of its provincial roots.

Civic House ‘speaks a different language’ to other commercial buildings in the Nelson CBD.

Virginia Woolf

Civic Residence ‘speaks a various language’ to other business structures in the Nelson CBD.

“Almost 40 years considering that it was manufactured, Civic Home carries on to evoke powerful thoughts and continues to be as controversial now as when it was initial conceived.”

Rowe, an award-profitable, now retired Wellington architect who came to Nelson for the awards, stated controversy was “not all bad” and was part of architecture and artwork.

He had generally been comfortable about the making he designed as a young architect in the mid-1970s, and felt supported by its award recognition.

The honest-confronted concrete columns and beams expressed its framework, and the building remained in “pretty fantastic condition” after 38 decades.

Rowe claimed he was happy to hear the council was shifting ahead with refurbishing the inside of the building and welcomed thoughts to use the tower for altering light-weight or artwork installations.

The Nelson Tasman Hospice building, by Irving Smith Architects, gained in the public architecture category, along with Kaikōura’s Mayfair Arts and Society Centre, which also took out the Resene Colour Award for its candy-pink facade.

Tahunanui House won for Irving Smith Architects in the ‘housing alterations and additions’ section of the awards.

Patrick Reynolds

Tahunanui Residence received for Irving Smith Architects in the ‘housing alterations and additions’ area of the awards.

Total record of winners

Professional Architecture

  • Bragato Research Winery by Jerram Tocker Barron Architects

Enduring Architecture

  • Civic Property (1983) by the Ministry of Will work (architect John Rowe) and Athfield Architects


  • Falcon Brae Villa by Jerram Tocker Barron Architects
  • CPR HQ in Blenheim by Rural Workshop Architecture


  • Pivot House by Borrmeister Architects
  • Feather Household by Irving Smith Architects
  • Collingwood Avenue Household by Jerram Tocker Barron Architects

Housing – Alterations and Additions

  • Tahunanui Home by Irving Smith Architects

Community Architecture

  • Nelson Tasman Hospice by Irving Smith Architects
  • Mayfair Arts and Tradition Centre in Kaikōura by Irving Smith Architects. Mayfair Arts and Lifestyle Centre also won the Resene Color Award for its sweet-pink facade.

Compact Project Architecture

  • Tahunanui Lions Bathroom Block by Jerram Tocker Barron Architects
  • Kaikōura Highway General public Amenities by WSP Architecture

The Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects neighborhood awards, in affiliation with Resene and APL, run amongst April 28 and Could 26.

Tahunanui House by Irving Smith Architects won in housing alterations and additions section of Te Kahui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects awards 2021

Patrick Reynolds

Tahunanui House by Irving Smith Architects received in housing alterations and additions segment of Te Kahui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects awards 2021

Ten new residences been given Housing Awards in the NZIA Wellington Architecture Awards.