Feather House



  • Small HOME of the Year 2021

  • Finalist HOME of the Year

  • NZIA Nelson Marlborough Award; Housing



  • ‘NZ Local Architecture Awards 2021’ Architecture New Zealand, September/October, pg 93

  • Bronwyn Marshall “From the Inside-Out – Feather House by Irving Smith Architects”, The Local Project, www.thelocalproject.com.au, August 26

  • “Architect Interview : In Detail : Feather House”, HOME, https://homemagazine.nz/in-detail-feather-house/, 7 June 2021

  • Small Home of the Year 2021: Feather House, HOME, www.homemagazine.nz, 3 June

    Click to View Video Small Home of the Year

  • Federico Monsalve, “A Feather for a Friend”, HOME New Zealand, Home of the Year, June/July 2021, pgs 13, 96-108, 153-155

  • Home of the Year 2021, Finalists Announced, HOME, April/May 2021, pg 26-27

  • “Winners of the 2021 Local Architecture awards for two more regions inside”, Architecture Now, https://architecturenow.co.nz, 17.5.2021

  • Adrienne Matthews, ‘Te Kahui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) Local Architecture Awards’, Nelson Magazine, July 2021, pgs 60-63

We all love adventures with friends, imagine the fun with a family of builders and makers. Everyone builds when not everyone has a room, and you move in with only a roof. This is that kind of home; welcoming, informal, but prompting and outward looking; crafted from the inside-out.

The Feather House rests high on a hill overlooking Nelson, somewhere between town and country, land and air. Its life in a corridor, communal and meandering; a pathway for many or one, widening for an external welcome and braiding to a soap-box balcony. There are many ways in for this is a place to come home to. A home with a warm concrete wall to put your back on, find centre, and orientate outwards again.

The house elongates and feathers to achieve this, tapering ends to open external space and make connections. It feathers materials as layers, so things come in stages; off-form concrete, joinery, furniture, plants, even crafting a lapped-cladding with copper tips and lifting itself on a ladder to allow material racking underneath.

This is a house not just about the ‘here-and-now’ but the ‘there-and-then’. Buildings, like life, are never finished when they offer an invitation. Adventures are fun, thanks for having us along.

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