A Raglan house has been judged a winner in regional architecture awards, with words like “sophisticated”, “exquisite” and “lyrical” used to describe the semi-rural family home.
Crosson Architect’s ‘Bach Bach’ entry in the 2016 Waikato and Bay of Plenty Architecture Awards was a winner in the residential section. It is a large modern house overlooking the harbour, comprising two rectangular forms that wrap around a central courtyard.
Designed for an unnamed opera singer and her husband, the house is inspired by J.S Bach’s Oboe Concerto, which is reflected in the use of natural wood cladding and lining elements.
Awards convener Geoff Lentz says the attention to detail in the house is amazing, with its use of beautiful hardwoods inside and out, metal details, double-storey height in places, a “magnificent” stairway inside the entrance and lots of textures “reflecting the rhythm of music”.
“If you saw it, it was just breathtaking. It captures panoramic views over Raglan. It’s got areas of bush around it. It’s a semi-rural location on top of a hill – an exquisite house and an exquisite location,” Geoff says.
“It’s just very clever. That connection with music … it’s very lyrical in every detail.”
The bespoke house is now nine years old but has weathered beautifully. Geoff believes the musical family use the house quite a lot, with its “generous” number of rooms.
While it would have been expensive to build, it still has a minimalistic, rustic look to it.
“It’s unlike most flash houses that have pretentious fences and gates. You just drive down a basic farm track and then you step over the threshold and think “’wow’,” he explains.
The regional awards were won by 23 projects across six categories. New houses won 10 of the awards, with many in popular holiday areas in the district.
There was also a very strong showing by buildings in the commercial architecture category, with judges impressed with the level of investment and high standard of commercial work in the region’s “powerhouse” cities, Hamilton and Tauranga.
In Hamilton, a research and development lab and manufacturing factory for window and door manufacturer APL (designed by Jasmax) won a commercial award along with the Ebbett Audi and Volkswagen showrooms and insurance company FMG’s new office building (both designed by Chow:Hill Architects).
The renovation of Louise Feather’s Planning and Talking Tech offices (both designed by Edwards White Architects) received awards for interior architecture, while Hamilton’s Arcus House received an award for enduring architecture, conferred upon buildings more than 25 years old that have stood up well to the tests of time.