Modern Waimea home wins award

01:59, May 12 2014
WINNER: Tora House, a home with three wings overlooking the Waimea Estuary, was recognised at the New Zealand Architecture Awards last night.

A "contemporary country manor" overlooking the Waimea Estuary has won a national architecture award.

Torea House, designed by Wellington-based architects Tennent + Brown, was recognised in the housing category of the New Zealand Architecture Awards in Auckland last night.

The low-slung residential home, on a former orchard, has three wings. Award judges said the house had a "mature and dignified formal composition" and was superbly sited.

A new ASB bank headquarters on Auckland's waterfront took out the highest honour at the awards. Judges said it was an "ambitious experiment in commercial architecture".

Instead of traditional desks, employees were encouraged to find a workspace for a short period or particular task. As a result the building had a variety of areas for meetings, private work and social interaction.


The Nelson Mail