‘Hole-in-One’ house wins NZIA Western Architecture Awards

Hole in One by First Light Studio, is an award-winning NZIA home that wraps around a central courtyard.

JASON MANN

Hole in One by First Light Studio, is an award-winning NZIA home that wraps around a central courtyard.

A suburban house wrapped around an open-air interior courtyard is one of the winners of the 2022 Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects Western Architecture Awards.

Hole in One in Palmerston North, designed by First Light Studio, won a housing award, with the awards jury impressed with its ‘simple, unfussy’ shape.

The jury called it “a triumph of collaboration”. “Engaged and discerning clients were thrilled with the resulting bespoke home that reflects their hobbies and lifestyles.”

Hole in One incorporates passive solar measures to reduce energy costs.

JASON MANN

Hole in One incorporates passive solar measures to reduce energy costs.

And here is the open-air inner courtyard of the Hole-in-One house.

JASON MANN

And here is the open-air inner courtyard of the Hole-in-One house.

“With a serene, comfortable and cohesive interior, Hole in One is a well-designed, low-maintenance, bright and sunny home that will be the perfect ‘machine’ for these clients to live in, to cap a quote from Le Corbusier,” said the president of the jury, Elinor Harvey McDouall.

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Other housing award winners include Birdwood House at Moturoa Beach by Evelyn McNamara Architecture.

The jury noted that the beach is the undeniable star of the carefully curated resort-style family home: “The upper level is itself a living environment.”

Birdwood House at Moturoa Beach, by Evelyn McNamara Architecture, won a housing award.

SIMON DEVITT

Birdwood House at Moturoa Beach, by Evelyn McNamara Architecture, won a housing award.

The house offers stunning views of New Plymouth.

SIMON DEVITT

The house offers stunning views of New Plymouth.

“From the front door, through the indoor and outdoor living areas, even a conversation pit, this home showcases the finest materials Aotearoa has to offer, perfectly detailed, revealing a generously proportioned dramatic living where everything has been taken care of.

“The architect imbued the whole with an understated, moody elegance through a carefully chosen color palette and theater-inspired lighting. Stimulating materials in the form of concrete slabs in the form of planks, as well as a demanding customer, reinforce this particularity of its kind.

Other highlights include Footsteps Pre-School by Parsonson Architects. “At the street front, a projecting volume creates a visual highlight, bringing excitement and joy to the entrance hall,” notes the jury. “This continues throughout the building, where color, volume, materials, acoustics and furnishings are carefully considered to ensure utility and interest, all within budget. The result is a welcoming and calm learning environment.

Footsteps Nursery School in Palmerston North by Parsonson Architects NZIA has won an Education Award and a Resene Color Award.

PAUL McCREDIE

Footsteps Nursery School in Palmerston North by Parsonson Architects NZIA has won an Education Award and a Resene Color Award.

The center also won a Resene Color Award. The judges of this award said: “Driven by the subtle greens and golds of Henri Rousseau’s fantastical landscapes, the architects’ use of color creates a serene, resonant yet uplifting learning environment.

“Resisting the temptation to ‘colour’ the exterior façades, sections of the same hue delicately draw us towards the entrance, allowing neutrality to remain elsewhere. Inside, the palette radiates both cheerfulness and calm, two words perhaps synonymous with success in the field of Early Childhood!

Whanganui's Alexander Library, by Hood & Duffell, 1933, won a sustainable architecture award.

STEVE CAUDWELL

Whanganui’s Alexander Library, by Hood & Duffell, 1933, won a sustainable architecture award.

Full list of winners:

Lodging

  • Fitzroy House by aka Architecture. Photos: Anne Kelly.
  • Birdwood House by Evelyn McNamara Architecture. Photos: Simon Devitt
  • Hole in one by First Light Studio. Photos: Jason Mann

Housing – Multi-units

  • Featherston Street Homes by 242am Architects

Education

  • Footsteps Nursery School by Parsonson Architects. Photos: Paul McCredie.

Sustainable Architecture

  • Alexander Bookcase by Hood & Duffell. Photos: Steve Caudwell

Inheritance

  • Massey University Dining Hall by Studio of Pacific Architecture. Photos: Thomas Seear-Budd.
Entrance plaza to the Central Energy Trust arena in Palmerston North by CPRW.

ANDY SPAIN

Entrance plaza to the Central Energy Trust arena in Palmerston North by CPRW.

Public architecture

  • Central Energy Trust arena entrance plaza by CPRW. Photos: Andy Spain

Things

There’s a lot to love about these 12 NZIA Housing Award winners at the 2022 NZIA Waikato and Bay of Plenty Awards.

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