Awards clean sweep for Kapiti Coast designers

ALEX FENSOME
Last updated 13:26 13/07/2013

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A house nestled amid Te Horo wetlands is one of four prizewinning designs by Kapiti Coast-based architects.

The Wellington regional New Zealand Architectural Design Awards were held in New Plymouth last night, with all four winners hailing from the Kapiti area.

Nathan Rooney and Tushka Glintmeyer, of Space Architecture, won the award for homes over 300 square metres for their "Coastal Wetland Residence".

The house is next door to a QEII covenant wetland reserve also owned by the homeowners.

A stream runs between the two wings, linked by a bridge, with a boardwalk across the wetlands up to the entranceway.

Judges praised the way it fitted into the landscape and its modern update of traditional rural design.

Mr Rooney and Ms Glintmeyer are founder directors of Space Architecture, based in Mana, with an office in Waikanae. The pair have more than 30 years' experience between them.

Ms Glintmeyer also won the architectural design award for an Akatarawa Valley home designed for a couple with two teenagers.

Windows were placed to maximise sunlight and views of the valley, and the judges were impressed by the way it reflected its sloping site.

Brynn McCauley, of BMC Design, won the award for best new home of 150-300sqm for his "Potter Hart House" design.

The house is built in the foothills of the Tararuas and aims to echo the design of old milking sheds and the hills behind it.

Mr McCauley has worked in architecture since graduating from Victoria University in 1991, and founded BMC Design, based in Paraparaumu.

Ben Gilpin, also from Paraparaumu, took the awards for commercial or industrial design and an award for colour in design for his own company's offices.

The awards are run by Architectural Designers New Zealand, an industry group for building and construction specialists.

The national awards evening will be held in Dunedin on September 27.

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