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Holiday houses are among winning residential designs in the 2014 New Zealand Architecture Awards.

Innovative houses around the country have been recognised in the 2014 New Zealand Architecture Awards, run by the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) and supported by Resene.

Winners included refreshing-looking baches and holiday houses and all of them are a far cry from the simple fibreboard baches of old.

They respect and make the most of their beautiful environment, while modern kitchens and fitouts add new levels of comfort.

A striking home near Nelson, also with wonderful views, was among the winners. The architects of an established beach house, townhouses, and a social housing project were also rewarded.

Check out four of the winning baches in the gallery above.

The awards were announced in Auckland on May 9. As well as residential, categories included commercial, interiors, sustainability, planning and urban design, international, small projects, and enduring architecture.

(To see all category winners, see nzia.co.nz).

The awards jurors were convenor Richard Naish, of RTA Studio, Auckland; Michael Banney, of m3architecture, Brisbane; Stuart Gardyne, of Architecture+, Wellington; and Bronwen Kerr, of Kerr Ritchie, Queenstown.

From 2015, regional awards will be announced in May and nationals awards will be announced in October.

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