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HOME Magazine NZ

HOME Magazine NZ December 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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3 min.
coming home

We moved to a new place last weekend. It’s actually pretty great, even though it’s not ours: the Auckland property market seems to have a shortage of houses that you’d actually want to buy right now, so we’re renting for a while. It’s a little old wooden house on a narrow street in the heart of the city. There’s a deck up in the trees and we can see the Sky Tower and I can walk to work in 11 minutes. We loved the old hood; we didn’t love the commute, and it got the better of us in the end. Our kids, raised in suburbia up a long driveway, think the best thing about moving is opening the front door and staring at everyone walking past – or better yet, wandering…

3 min.
contributors

Alex Scott Copy editor and cartoonist Alex Scott found inspiration in our retreats at Piha (p. 78) and Great Barrier (p. 100). Tell us about your renovation. I moved into my little 1978 two-bedroom unit in Blockhouse Bay, Auckland, a year ago. It had different wallpaper in every room, stained beige carpet and awful swirled plaster ceilings throughout, but I love it! Progress with improvements has been slow but I feel like we’re on the cusp of a breakthrough. I’m loving planning something that’s completely based around how my partner and I live. The first phase is complete with fresh paint, smooth ceilings and 70s-inspired moss- green carpet in the bedrooms. I’ve recently cracked the kitchen layout and also scored a pastel blue drop-in tub for $15 off Trade Me, which will…

3 min.
open home

Ricky Booth, Intuitive Architects— “I don’t think this is a place you’d drive by and go, ‘Wow, look at that.’ We wanted to create something that didn’t unfold until you experienced it – that grew on you the longer you were there. After a while, you appreciate the small but simple gestures taken as part of a rigorous design process. I thought I’d find it extremely difficult living in a place I’d designed – I thought I’d be constantly critiquing. That has happened to a degree, but it hasn’t been so overwhelming that it has taken away from the joy of living here. We are both Kiwis and I’m originally from Central Otago. Anna studied architectural design in Christchurch, which is where we met. We’ve lived abroad for more than a decade,…

1 min.
mischief maker

There was a time in Auckland when it felt like there was nowhere to go just for a drink – an intimate place, which may or may not have food. Because, let’s face it, there are few things nicer than a glass of wine at 4.30 in the afternoon on a week day, when everyone else is still at work. Enter Little Culprit, the fourth establishment from Jordan MacDonald and Kyle Street, the talented pair behind Culprit across the road, as well as the two Lowbrow restaurants – all of which are in Auckland’s CBD. Described as Culprit’s “mischevious little brother”, Little Culprit is a small space, inched into a former side entrance to the iconic 1988 Fay Richwhite building, which is all scalloped bronze glass and pinky marble. Little Culprit takes its…

3 min.
national treasures

The New Zealand Institute of Architects recently announced its national awards in Queenstown, featuring a number of our favourites – both recent, and not so recent. ‘Wynyard Central’, Auckland, Architectus Patrick Clifford’s own home was named the first Home of the Year back in 1996 and this year, his practice won Best Multi-Unit with Wynyard Central. Now, it’s won the NZIA’s Sir Ian Athfield Award for Housing – the first apartment block to earn that honour. Wynyard Central is a model example, providing a level of design and quality of living that should be standard, but usually isn’t. Most apartments in the complex run from one side of the building to the other, and all have deep, covered outdoor living spaces. The arrangement of low-, mid- and high-rise buildings on one site…

2 min.
colour sense

Each April, Dulux assembles a panel of architects, interior designers and media to judge entries from Australasia – and specifically, to judge their use of colour. Open to any project that has used Dulux paint, it’s an esteemed award, hotly contested by some of the best designers from both countries, and the awards are announced at a gala evening in Melbourne in May. The joy in the competition is that it pits the virtually unknown against the established – highlights from 2019 included the ‘Caroline’ house by our Home of the Year 2020 judges of Kennedy Nolan, along with the Australian Grand Prix winner, a childcare centre in Sydney designed by Andrew Daly of Supercontext Architecture Studio, a young practice with just a handful of projects to their name. The 2019 awards…