12 Year House



  • Finalist New Zealand Architecture Awards - Housing

  • NZIA Nelson Marlborough Architecture Award - Housing

  • NZIA Nelson Marlborough Architecture Award – Resene Colour Award



  • “New Zealand Architecture Awards 2018 shortlist announced”, Architecture Now, www.architecturenow.co.nz, 16th August

  • “NZIA Local Architecture Awards 2018”, ArchitectureNZ, July/August, page 54

  • Nelson Marlborough Architecture Awards, Architecture Now, www.architecturenow.co.nz, 21 May

  • Lynda Papesch, “Architecture Awards Celebrate Old, New and Heritage Builds”, Wild Tomato, July Issue 144, page 40-43

12 years of getting ready and moving from farm to lifestyle.

Remarkably the design changed very little in the wait; it never was about fashion, more being a new kind of farmhouse, one with a lifestyle.

12 Year House embeds to a narrow stretch of good ground, sheltering into the rocky spur and rural landscape. It then laps a wool-shed screen over a concrete spine to shape, lengthen and articulate an open plan to different types of visual and physical connections. There’s views up, out and down; grass, sea and tide. There’s a front, middle and back; hill, paddock and scrub.

What to do today, no deer to attend. “Go fishing, get some eggs, a swim, watch the tide, bottling, coffee… nothing? ”

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