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HOME Magazine NZ

HOME Magazine NZ April 2019

HOME covers the best New Zealand architecture, design and interiors. It features inspirational, ingenious and just plain breathtaking homes from all over the country – as well as new restaurants, exciting art and the latest furniture releases.

Country:
New Zealand
Language:
English
Publisher:
Bauer Media Pty Ltd
Frequency:
Interrupted
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6 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
home of the year

You might have seen the recent headline on Stuff about our awards finalists: Home of the Year Finalists Not Polite. “Don’t expect architecture with good manners,” the story opened. Cough. On behalf of the magazine, I should probably apologise to our winners and finalists for being a little glib in my comments – though the point was germane. If there’s a trend in New Zealand architecture I’d like to see less of right now, it’s politeness. Politeness is okay, of course – and our winner, a concrete house by architect Jack McKinney in an Auckland heritage street – is pretty considerate of its Victorian neighbours. All too often these days, architecture seems to have made politeness the point, retreating into detail as it does so. Maybe it’s the cost of building; maybe it’s…

2 min.
contributors

Patrick Reynolds The photographer and urban-issues activist shot our winning Home of the Year, p.70. What did you make of our Home of the Year? I love the in-situ concrete, much rougher than has been the norm lately, and its counterpoint to the smoother surfaces used throughout, especially the steel-clad hall. And certainly the drama of the slicing diagrid floating above the entire main floor. I also love the way the house orients to the street, almost the perfect balance of public/private. What are you working on at the moment? I’ve just released the first of a suite of four architectural guide books to New Zealand cities in collaboration with John Walsh. They’re pocket-sized walking guides to our urban architectural heritage. I’m loving shooting these gems from all eras. As a public transport and…

3 min.
brick by brick

Sophie Wylie, Artifact— “I live here with my husband and our three children – a five year old, four year old and two-and-a-half year old. The kids love to play outside so it was interesting having a really urban home for them – the courtyard works well, with enough surface area for them to play. We also have parks around us, which makes a difference. The kids colonise the sunken living room as their snug and playroom. It’s quite a big house, with four bedrooms on a small plot of land. There’s a neighbouring commercial building, two houses behind us, and a heritage overlay, so it was a challenge to work with. It’s a constrained site with an efficient build in the sense that it has been extruded into a large,…

3 min.
come together

Architects Katherine Skipper and Daniel Thompson of Warren & Mahoney found themselves deeply engaged with local life when restoring and designing an addition to the Waihinga Martinborough Community Centre. What was the goal of the project? Katherine Skipper— The goal was to extend the life of the existing spaces and update the facility to meet the needs of the community, which was highly engaged in this project through fundraising and feedback. It was hugely important for us to reinvigorate this much-loved building in a way that respects its purpose and history. Daniel Thompson— The project maximises the original building’s functionality by linking it to a new modern extension and adding space for support services. The final stage is the redevelopment of the park in front of the building, which joins the town hall…

3 min.
chamber awaits

What was the design brief from the client? The developers have done a lot of work in Dunedin over the years and know and love the city and its buildings. Their brief was to convert the building into a hotel which would be attractive for guests staying a night or two, but with the capacity for longer stays. They wanted something that would attract the most interesting and interested visitors – a place for forward thinkers, curious people. We all agreed it was to be an inner-city hideaway – a place for the conscious traveller to have an authentic Dunedin experience. Tell us about your design approach in this heritage-industrial building. The Category 2 heritage-listed building was built in 1910 by engineers and importers Chambers & Sons – hence the name…

2 min.
show pony

Rather than make a modern shopfront out of a building that had been changed relentlessly over the years, the new Deadly Ponies store is more itself than it has been in decades. “The place had been changed so much over the years, just messed around with every time it was touched,” says Deadly Ponies managing director Steve Boyd, of the building in Ponsonby, Auckland. The building – which started life as a sailors’ boarding house in the mid-19th century, with a predictable level of notoriety – has had various lives. It was most recently home to Sunbeam Glass Studios, owned by glass artist Gary Nash. In the 1980s, Nash added a vast stables-like building out the back for his workshop, and converted the original building as a gallery for his and others’…