Aww shucks, we hate to skite – but we may as well. Two Box™ projects received the Highly Commended thumbs up at the Trends International Design Awards 2016. One is a new build, the other an extension and renovation, which just goes to show how wonderfully adaptable we are!
On the hills overlooking the wild expanse of Pakiri beach is a house conceived as a stylised utility barn. Two diminutive black sheds sit on a sloping pasture: one is a self-contained, one-bedroom bach, the other a wing where lucky visitors get to stay and drink in the chardonnay and the views. Linking these pods is an open but roofed space – a covered zone for watching cricket matches on the lawn. With ply linings, routed cabinetry handles, and simple concrete floors, the home has a footprint of less than 100 square metres: humble and sublime all at the same time.
Back in the city, a weatherboard Mount Eden cottage had colonial charm in spades but space was too limited for a couple with three active children. Box™ reconfigured the original house then added a pavilion-style extension where everyday living is larger than life and there’s a better connection to the garden. Practical of purpose, the room also contains moments of design magic including a sculptural open-tread staircase that leads to the upper floor and the whirls of striated grain on the black marble bench.
Architectural graduate Tim Hogarth was our delegated representative at the presentation and he accepted our awards with undisguised glee. Naturally he was happy to bask in the glory of our shared success but the real reason he enthusiastically accepted the task was that he gets the use of an Audi for a weekend – and since sunny skies are here again, the open road beckons.