Controversial Grand Designs NZ is home to one of 30 winners of the Canterbury Architecture Awards

There’s something about THIS house in Cass Bay – the copper sculpture that has turned heads and caused a lot of controversy in the latest series from Grand Designs NZ.

It always turns heads; this time, it was the jury of the Canterbury Prizes of the New Zealand Institute of Architects Te Kāhui Whaihanga (NZIA) who were seduced by the architect Michael O’Sullivan of the design of Bull O’Sullivan Architecture. The project received one of nine housing awards.

The Green Family Home, as it is known, wraps around its site, mirroring the volcanic topography of the Banks Peninsula, while its streamlined roofline slopes down to the water beyond.

Grand Designs NZ's copper-clad Cass Bay House designed by Bull O'Sullivan Architecture has won one of nine housing awards at the 2022 NZIA Canterbury Architecture Awards.

PATRICK REYNOLDS

Grand Designs NZ’s copper-clad Cass Bay House designed by Bull O’Sullivan Architecture has won one of nine housing awards at the 2022 NZIA Canterbury Architecture Awards.

The awards jury said the intimate entryway draws attention to a voluminous, bright, open-plan living space, warmed by the colors of its wooden cladding. “The contribution of the architects extends to bespoke joinery and built-in furniture, which testifies to the level of trust in their relationship with clients.

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“This fruitful collaboration between architect, client and builder resulted in a unique family home that is practical, fun and offers space for contemplation.”

Bull O'Sullivan Architecture's Gustorob House is a long house wrapped in corrugated steel, with separate living quarters for multi-generational living.  The project, between Port Hills and Canterbury Plains, won an NZIA regional housing award.

PATRICK REYNOLDS

Bull O’Sullivan Architecture’s Gustorob House is a long house wrapped in corrugated steel, with separate living quarters for multi-generational living. The project, between Port Hills and Canterbury Plains, won an NZIA regional housing award.

Inside, the Gustorob house is lined with wood.

PATRICK REYNOLDS

Inside, the Gustorob house is lined with wood.

Bull O’Sullivan Architecture also received a Housing – Multi Unit Award and a Resene Color Award for Gustorob – an extended multi-generational family home with grandparents at one end and toddlers at the other. Gus is one of the toddlers and Rob the grandfather who built the house.

Another familiar copper-clad house has received an NZIA Canterbury Housing Award – Concrete Copper Home by South Architects has already won Master Builders’ Supreme House of the Year 2021 and Architect TIDA’s 2021 House of the Year.

South Architects' concrete copper house has won a housing award to add to its stable of awards collected over the past year.

STEPHEN GOODENOUGH

South Architects’ concrete copper house has won a housing award to add to its stable of awards collected over the past year.

The NZIA jury describes the house as a “masterclass of form, light and surprise”. “The client wanted the house to be gezellig, a Dutch word that can describe a space as cozy and fun, or mean an overall unity that gives a warm feel. This house is gezellig, and so much more, with its restrained copper palette , wood and concrete, all meticulously detailed.

South Architects also received a Housing Award for Driftwood Home, a beachfront home on Sumner Esplanade. And Three Sixty Architecture is another company to receive two housing awards (see video above).

In the Housing, Alterations and Additions category, Beach Barn by C Nott Architects was one of two winners, as well as the recipient of a Resene Color Award. The house is interior designer Alex Fulton’s own home.

Beach Barn by C Nott Architects was one of two winners in the Housing – Alterations and Additions category, and also the recipient of a Resene Color Award.

SIMON DEVITT

Beach Barn by C Nott Architects was one of two winners in the Housing – Alterations and Additions category, and also the recipient of a Resene Color Award.

Beach Barn by C Nott Architects is interior designer Alex Fulton's own home.

SIMON DEVITT

Beach Barn by C Nott Architects is interior designer Alex Fulton’s own home.

In the Public Architecture category, Ravenscar House by Patterson Associates shone as the new home for the collection of philanthropists Jim and Dr Susan Wakefield, whose Scarborough Hill home was destroyed in the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes.

Instead of rebuilding on site, they worked with the local government and iwi and commissioned the house museum in the city center, honoring their intention to donate their home and art collection to the residents of Otautahi Christchurch.

Ravenscar House by Patterson Associates, is the new home of philanthropists Jim and Dr Susan Wakefield's collection.  He received a public architecture award.

SAM HARTNETT

Ravenscar House by Patterson Associates, is the new home of philanthropists Jim and Dr Susan Wakefield’s collection. He received a public architecture award.

There are galleries and library spaces in Ravenscar House designed by Patterson Associates.

SAM HARTNETT

There are galleries and library spaces in Ravenscar House designed by Patterson Associates.

Rooney describes the end result as “exceptionally well resolved. It was an impressive place.

Two famous surf lifesaving clubs are also in the spotlight, winning Public Architecture Awards – New Brighton Surf Lifesaving & Bathing Club by South by Southeast and Snøhetta in association, and South Brighton Surf Life Saving Club Rebuild by Sheppard & Rout Architects.

“It was great to see that the passion and drive of those involved was rewarded with great community facilities of which they are rightly proud.”

The New Brighton Surf Lifesaving & Bathing Club at South by Southeast and Snøhetta in association has won a Public Architecture Award.

SARAH ROWLANDS

The New Brighton Surf Lifesaving & Bathing Club at South by Southeast and Snøhetta in association has won a Public Architecture Award.

There are sheltered lounge areas at the New Brighton Surf Lifesaving & Bathing Club by South by Southeast and Snøhetta.

SARAH ROWLANDS

There are sheltered lounge areas at the New Brighton Surf Lifesaving & Bathing Club by South by Southeast and Snøhetta.

The full list of Canterbury Prize winners:

Lodging

  • River House by AW Architects
  • Four Winds by Borrmeister Architects
  • Green Family Home by Bull O’Sullivan Architecture
  • Te Rangi Pā – The Sky Fort, Stronsay Lane by Sheppard & Rout Architects
  • Copper and concrete house by South Architects
  • Driftwood Home by South Architects
  • Wildwood by Three Sixty Architecture
  • Whitecaps House by Three Sixty Architecture
  • Hepburn’s Road House by Warren and Mahoney Architects
River House by AW Architects features two offset gable forms connected by a glazed entryway.

LISA GANE

River House by AW Architects features two offset gable forms connected by a glazed entryway.

Housing – Changes and Additions

  • Beach Barn by C Nott Architects
  • Mullet House – Added master bedroom by Common

Housing – Multiple Unit

  • 212 Cashel by AW Architects
  • Gustorob by Bull O’Sullivan Architecture
  • Ōtautahi Community Housing Trust – Social Housing by South by Southeast
  • Riverbank Quarter by Stufkens + Chambers Architects

Interior architecture

  • Recycling Shop by Johnstone Callaghan Architects

Public architecture

Reconstruction of the South Brighton Surf Life Saving Club by Sheppard & Rout Architects.

JASON MANN

Reconstruction of the South Brighton Surf Life Saving Club by Sheppard & Rout Architects.

  • Kohinga St Albans Community Center by Christchurch City Council
  • Ravenscar House by Patterson Associates
  • New Brighton Surf Lifesaving & Bathing Club by South by Southeast and Snøhetta in association
  • Reconstruction of the South Brighton Surf Life Saving Club by Sheppard & Rout Architects
  • Te Ara Ātea by Warren and Mahoney Architects

Small project architecture

Nightlight by Coll Architecture is a 13 square meter shed that serves as storage and services for the owners' future house, to be built on the adjacent land.  A polycarbonate shell with modified vertical pine slats mirrors the Japanese shoji and illuminates the adjacent trees.  The structure contains a workshop, a kitchen, a toilet and a shower.

NANCY ZHOU

Nightlight by Coll Architecture is a 13 square meter shed that serves as storage and services for the owners’ future house, to be built on the adjacent land. A polycarbonate shell with modified vertical pine slats mirrors the Japanese shoji and illuminates the adjacent trees. The structure contains a workshop, a kitchen, a toilet and a shower.

  • Night light by Coll Architecture
  • Russell’s Cabins by Johnstone Callaghan Architects

Commercial

  • Duncans 135 High by AE Architects
  • 455 Papanui Road by MAP (2016)
  • Opuke Thermal Pools and Spa by Sheppard & Rout Architects
Duncans 135 High Street by AE Architects has won a commercial award.

CHRIS WOODS PHOTOGRAPHY

Duncans 135 High Street by AE Architects has won a commercial award.

Education

  • Te Raekura Redcliffs School by Tennent Brown Architects

Sustainable Architecture

Christ's College - Memorial Dining Hall (1925) by Cecil Wood received a Sustainable Architecture Award as part of the NZIA Canterbury Architecture Awards.

PROVIDED

Christ’s College – Memorial Dining Hall (1925) by Cecil Wood received a Sustainable Architecture Award as part of the NZIA Canterbury Architecture Awards.

  • Christ’s College – Memorial Dining Hall (1925) by Cecil Wood – Architect
  • Church of Christ’s First Scientist (1991) by Warren and Mahoney Architects
  • Double Hospitality by Johnstone Callaghan Architects

Resene Color Award Winners

  • Double by Johnstone Callaghan Architects
  • Wildwood by Three Sixty Architecture
  • Beach Barn by C Nott Architects
  • Gustorob by Bull O’Sullivan Architecture
  • Recycling Shop by Johnstone Callaghan Architects

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