Testimonials

Takapuna House
Takapuna – 2010

NZIA Practice: Godward Guthrie Architecture Ltd
Category: Residential

Jury comments:

‘Less is more’ sums up this extensive alteration of an architecturally designed 1980’s house on a busy beach. The removal of 80’s style excesses has exposed a well proportioned courtyard house with modern bones. Skilful reconfiguring of key walls and the staircase has opened the home up to the light, creating new circulation and visual links. Although the aesthetic has been modernised with all new door and window joinery, quality internal materials and fittings, the house has developed a classic seaside feel that is relaxing and not too precious.

 

 

Buffalo Beach House
Coromandel Peninsula – 2007

NZIA Practice: Godward Guthrie Architecture Ltd
Category: Residential

Jury comments:

This is a simple bridged arrangement of two contrasting structures- one light and open, the other dark and enclosed, elegantly designed on a scale that’s in keeping with its neighbours. Despite difficult site restrictions with the requirement to be relocated, the architect has taken the brief and used technology of a moving facade/ retractable sunscreen to enhance holiday living options.

 

Cross House
Omaha Beach – 2006

NZIA Practice: Godward Guthrie Architecture Ltd
Category: Residential

Jury comments:

One of Omahas most distinctive new houses, bold concrete pre-cast panels make a dramatic entrance to an interior with outstanding double-height living spaces, clever yet simple detailing and a simple practical pool. The use of the roof as a terrace is an outstanding solution.

 

Latham Residence
Bucklands Beach – 2004

NZIA Practice: Godward Guthrie Architecture Ltd
Category: Residential

Jury comments:

Crisply detailed, well articulated and clean spaces both inside and out, are combined to make full use of every inch of this tight site to create a home that takes full advantage of its superb views while protecting the owners’ ability to live in privacy.

 

Mahia House
Hawkes Bay – 2013

NZIA Practice: Godward Guthrie Architecture Ltd
Category: Housing

Jury comments:

Dramatically sited on an exposed hill overlooking the ocean, this home protects and shelters its occupants. Carefully detailed, with a simple palette of materials, the house does not try to compete with its dramatic context. The creation of an internal courtyard, where visitors and occupants can relax while still taking in the stunning views, provides the ultimate in protected space. The house, which can accommodate numerous guests while retaining privacy for the owners, is an unmistakable expression of New Zealand vernacular. 

 

 

MURIWAI HOUSE
AUCKLAND – 2014

NZIA Practice: Godward Guthrie Architecture Ltd
Category: Housing

Jury comments:

Significantly outshining its pedestrian neighbours in every way, this confident hilltop building uses a hunkered-down, shelter from the storm language that is entirely appropriate to its exposed cliff edge site high above Muriwai Beach. It is careful to capture and frame the spectacular views but its confident use of in situ poured concrete and wood also reassures occupants that the house can ride out the wildest storms the Tasman can throw at it. Inside, the houses’s volumes are airy, elegant and restrained in their considered use of materials, lending the building a sense of calm, solidity and poise.

 

MEADOWBANK HOUSE
AUCKLAND – 2014

NZIA Practice: Godward Guthrie Architecture Ltd
Category: Housing Alterations and Additions

Jury comments:

A significant late-1960s house by émigré achitect Franz Iseke sits within stone’s throw of a cluster of several modernist gems in a Meadowbank gully. The latest stage of this sensitive renovation has both restored the house’s original programme from a previous mangling and given much-needed space to the current owners. Echoing the existing language of the house, the new second-storey addition is both respectful and confidently expressive in its own right.