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15 Cashel St – Winners of the Multi Unit design award

Award-winning Christchurch homes – in pictures

                            Warrander studio, a home overlooking Lyttelton Harbour (First Light Studio and Makers of Architecture).

                            Munro house, built in1968 received an enduring architecture award (Warren and Mahoney).

                            Louden house in Christchurch, a residential renovation and extension (Sheppard & Rout).

                            Villa Close in Christchurch won the residential award (Thom Craig Architects).

                            Multi-unit winner, Cashel St townhouses (Athfield Architects)     

Homes recognised in this week’s Canterbury Architecture Awards cover a range of sizes and budgets, but they have in common the sort of style many homeowners would covet.

The winning homes were among 25 residential, commercial and public buildings to receive awards at a ceremony in Christchurch on Thursday evening.

Gracious residence

The oldest award-winner was the historic Loudon homestead at Teddington on Banks Peninsula. Awarding it their residential alterations and additions award, the judges described the property as “an ensemble of buildings that form a gracious residence”.

“The original picturesque cottage has been meticulously refurbished and extended, while the farm house structure has been gutted to create a large library room lined with books that, despite its large volume, still manages to feel cosy . . ..”

Architects Sheppard & Rout designed the renovation.

Generous scale

A home known as Villa Close designed by Thom Craig Architects won the residential award. It was described as four gabled pavilions, positioned to create two outdoor courtyards.

“The modest exterior disguises a thoroughly sophisticated and generously scaled house,” judges said.

“The white-painted, cedar-clad forms have a spare simplicity which suggests a Scandinavian influence, but which also refers to Canterbury’s colonial and modernist residential heritage.”

“The result is a relaxed and comfortable house that is well planned and detailed.”

Warm and inviting

Warrander studio overlooking Lyttelton harbour was designed by First Light Studio and Makers of Architecture. This is in fact two Victoria University architecture students, their tutor, and their client.

The judges said the “compact, digitally designed building punches well above its weight.”

“Impressively, it took only three days for students and friends to erect the structure on site.”

“The interior is warm and inviting, a testament to the virtue of sufficiency.”

Skilfully arranged

A complex of townhouse in Cashel St in Christchurch, designed by Athfield Architects, won the multi-unit homes award.

Judges said that while some high-density complex were often “shoehorned onto a site with regrettable consequences”, these had been “skilfully arranged to complement and improve the character of the street.”

They praised the “simple gable forms”  belonging to “a longstanding architectural tradition of pitched roofs and clipped eaves in Canterbury”.

“This gives these buildings a sense of familiarity, but in this case the architectural language is especially imaginative and refreshing.” 

Beautifully proportioned

An enduring architecture award was also given out to a house built in 1968, and repaired and restored since the earthquakes. The hillside home, designed by Warren and Mahoney, was described as “beautifully proportioned”.

“The size, shape and arrangement of the three windows on the north elevation is close to perfect and the materials and detailing on the outside are absolutely consistent with Warren and Mahoney houses of this era,” said the judges.

They praised the architect, the late Nicholas Kennedy for his ” lightness of touch” in the design.

                     – Stuff

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