Designer's winning house
A 1960s-style home with ocean views was one of the two latest prize-winning designs by New Plymouth architectural designer Tony Biesiek.
The regional New Zealand Architectural Design Awards covering Manawatu, Whanganui and Taranaki invited designers to submit entries across seven categories, including residential, commercial and industrial projects.
The awards night in New Plymouth last week saw Mr Biesiek, of Imagine Building Design, win the architectural design award for a new home over 300sqm.
He also picked up a colour design award for his transformation of a dilapidated New Plymouth restaurant.
Mr Biesiek said the new home over 300sqm was a hotly-contested category.
The owner of the coastal home had a wonderful collection of 1960s furniture and art so the house needed to provide a neutral backdrop, he said.
Judges commended the use of naturally finished timber and concrete block work on the exterior and living spaces with wide ocean views.
Vibrant green 100 per cent wool carpet which "pops out" added to the unique design.
The Mediterranean-themed restaurant Kassaba was made over with handmade Moroccan light fittings, a Tunisian colour scheme and new kitchen.
Judges said the warm Mediterranean tones were intertwined throughout the project, taking the viewer on a journey from the darkened ceiling through to strong hints of yellow.
They said the clever combination of dark strong hues with bolder brights created an authentic ambience.
Winning awards was the best way to develop a good reputation, Mr Biesiek said.
"It's putting the worthwhile projects out there for national critique."
Taranaki Daily News