National Category Winner
Given to those who win a National Category title.
The Top 100 homes in the country achieve Gold Reserve status each year, and proceed to the National Finals.
Regional Category Winner
The highest-scoring Gold Award Winner becomes the Regional Category Winner.
These are given to entrants who achieve 90% of the available points and judged to be at least 80% above industry standard.
This bespoke home was designed and built around the client’s passion for New Zealand’s nature, the Kowhai tree and Philip Johnson's Glass House. Its off-the-grid nature means it has a fully insulated foundation and floor, hydronic underfloor heating pipes powered by a log burner, thermally broken windows and low-E glass. In addition, the house is able to be run off a back-up generator if there are power cuts in its remote location.
With plywood linings representing the branches of the Kowhai tree, the house extends to the vista, offering breath-taking 360 degree views out to the Canterbury plains and North Canterbury. Sit and relax on the decks which are designed to be non-intrusive and fit into the land. The exceptional kitchen consists of super glossy, bright orange cabinetry, mixed with plywood and custom joinery around curved walls – a masterpiece in distinctive design. Similarly, the bathroom tiles are laid on a curve. With three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a comfortable living room, this is a family home with an eye for comfort and a zest for life.