Stackbrae Wanaka wins NZIA Southern Architecture Award 2019

Assembly Architects won an NZIA Southern Architecture Award in the category of Multi-unit Housing for the Stackbrae subdivision, Wanaka at the awards event held at Skyline Queenstown on Friday 7 June 2019.

The jury cited: “The individual components of the project are simple designs that respond to the Central Otago climate, but the careful planning gives the neighbourhood a cohesive quality that is greater than the sum of its parts. The architects have talked the talk and walked the walk in convincing a developer client to trust them and aspire to excellent outcomes.”

The  jury was made up of Invercargill architect Roger Beattie, Queenstown architects Bronwen Kerr and Mark Gray and Auckland architect Megan Rule. 

Stackbrae is an alternative quality model for suburban development, in a context where architects and design seldom have influence and group-home design and build dominate.  The project involved master planning the subdivision, and the design and consenting of 31 homes, both stand-alone and duplex.

The Wanaka based developer sought a strong design outcome and with the architects devised a new market model – investing in master planning, and the design and building consents for every home.  

The principle was simple: maximise sun, privacy, views and quality outdoor space.   Dwellings are predominantly L shaped, massing on lot edges allowing sun into the middle of the site, directly challenging district plan setback rules.  Boundary walls are without windows and rendered in quality materials, making fences redundant. Land packages were sold with consented plans and a covenant to build in accordance.  

This model contributed to a cohesive development, and eliminated design and consenting time and cost for purchasers, so homes could be built without delay after settlement.