The best baches in the country

22:41, Jun 04 2014
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ARRUBA BACH: An architect's own holiday home won an award in the Small Project category. Bossley Architects' Arruba Bach, near Waiku, south of Auckland, is a brightly coloured box nestled among pohutukawa trees.
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ARRUBA BACH: "A compact, two-roomed box floats above a boat storage base, sporting the crimson colour of the flowers of the pohutukawa tree in which it nestles as a gesture of cheerful rebellion against the trend of holiday house beige."
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ARRUBA BACH: "The encampment-style occupation of the site, made explicit by the discrete positioning of the new building, is a further reference to the relaxed disposition of the vernacular bach. Delightful in itself, the red box is a sophisticated response to context and typological precedent; in the nicest way possible and most appropriate way, it may be described as 'awkwardly perfect'."
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TOREA HOUSE: Tennent + Brown Architects' Torea House near Nelson was the only South Island winner in the housing category. "Low slung and discrete, the house is superbly sited in a horizontal landscape, and has a relaxed, comfortable and nuanced relationship with the surrounding garden and the wider environment," the jury said.
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TOREA HOUSE: "Three wings, separated by slight level and orientation changes, open to the north and west, and are sheltered be elegant sloping roofs with overhangs supported by painted posts that reference the slender beaks of the oyster-catchers (torea) that inhabit the adjacent estuary."
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TOREA HOUSE: "The incorporation of state-of-the-art technology is well resolved, detailing is of a high standard, and the house boasts considerable amenity."
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HEADLAND HOUSE: Stevens Lawson Architects received an award for Headland House, on Waiheke Island. The jury said: "Belying its true size, the house modestly and calmy occupies a headland site, sitting lightly in a landscape that combines natural features with a lawn and other new planting. The architecture is both dramatic and hospitable."
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HEADLAND HOUSE: "The entry sequence is delightfully choreographed, the planning is well directed, and materials and details have received careful attention and dextrous handling. A nice spatial duality is established by the sheltering, pod-like forms and the in-between spaces that allow for an easy flow through the house and a connection to distant views."
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HEADLAND HOUSE: "The house offers some surprises - warm and unexpected spaces are revealed behind hidden doors - but these are always welcome; the combination of formal materials and informal spaces makes for a relaxed retreat."
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DUNE HOUSE: Fearon Hay Architects received an award for Dune House at Omaha, north of Auckland. "Domestic luxury cohabits harmoniously with natural beauty in this sophisticated and highly polished holiday house, a sanctuary in its suburban beach setting," the jury said.
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DUNE HOUSE: "An austere exterior protects and belies a sensual interior. Privacy is enhanced by an inventive and poetic screening device that blurs the borders and blends with the sky, a concealment strategy that heightens expectations upon arrival."
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DUNE HOUSE: "The entry sequence, the proportions of the house, and its materials and surfaces have all received very accomplished treatment. The house has a wonderful theatricality, generated by a hierarchical scaling of the volumes of the casual and glamorous interior spaces."

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.

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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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