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.
Three projects by Assembly Architects feature in Eco Home by Melinda Williams. Published by Penguin Random House, the book presents the modern home in a room by room format, focusing on structure, materials, insulation and systems, as well as wider eco issues. Wright house, Rammed Earth house and Sawtooth are featured for their various eco credentials and solutions.
The latest Houses magazine is on newstands, and features a studio interivew, plus profiles of 5 projects by Assembly Architects. Rammed Earth House, Sawtooth, Binoculars, Cox House and Wright House were selected to demonstrate the breadth of our work in this region.
This week, Architecture Now announced the shortlist for the New Zealand Institute of Architects national awards programme. Two Assembly projects have made the shortlist – Sawtooth in the housing category, and Binoculars in the multi-unit housing category.
The two projects are the only Queenstown Lakes projects on the Shortlist. The houses will be visited in person by the National Jury, led by Convenor Richard Goldie.
Binoculars recently won accolades at the Master builders awards for Bennie Builders.
The Binoculars houses picked up a New Zealand Institute of Architects 2018 Southern Architecture Award at a ceremony held at Toitu, Otago Settlers Museum on Friday 8 June. The project won the only award in the multi-unit housing category.
Clients Paddy and Brian Stafford-Bush were thrilled with the award, and celebrated the award with their daughter Mia and son-in-law James Bennie of Bennie Builders, who built the award winning home.
The award citation is below:
Two houses with mirrored plans share a site, a wall and an entrance to make a complete whole. Two homes, twice the fun? The eye is not cheated here; the level of detailing elevates materials beyond their fundamental form, and everywhere you look there is something in which to take delight, including out front, where twin decks, seemingly unsupported, push bravely out towards the lake.