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Kiwi holiday homes make World Architecture Festival shortlist



“Shapeshifter” by Crosson Architects is considered one of three New Zealand holiday homes which have made the shortlist on the World Architecture Festival.

The designers of three New Zealand holiday homes are within the operating for an award within the World Architecture Festival – essentially the most prestigious worldwide structure awards.

The shortlist for 2021 has simply been launched and Crosson Architects has two tasks within the accomplished buildings shortlist within the House & Villa Rural Architecture part – a holiday dwelling on the Coromandel Peninsula and one other at Omaha. RTA Studio is shortlisted in the identical part for a holiday dwelling at Buckleton’s Beach, Tawharanui.

Architect Ken Crosson’s Shapeshifter home at Omaha was designed for a consumer wanting an escape from a metropolis residence. The agency says the proprietor is a collector of sculpture and work, and wished a sculptural dwelling that would supply “an interesting and dynamic getaway, largely for a couple, but with the ability to expand, catering for gatherings of the extended family”.

“The house was to be made of materials appropriate to the marine environment, requiring minimal maintenance, with a simplicity and robustness.”

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The home is shortlisted for an NZIA Housing Award this 12 months.

Crosson Architects has additionally made the shortlist with Light Mine – the Coromandel dwelling was Home journal’s Home of the Year final 12 months and has additionally received an NZIA award.


Crosson Architects Light Mine seashore home on Coromandel Peninsula can be shortlisted for an award.


HIGH RES variations Light Mine bach Crosson Architects Home of the Year 2020

The home, which sits above the seashore, is an exploration of sturdy sculptural kinds that reference the mine shafts of the world’s long-abandoned gold mines. The home contains three “pods” scattered round an informal grassy courtyard.

The towers are timber-lined gentle wells that flood the inside with pure gentle.

RTA Studio’s Buckleton’s Beach home, one other NZIA award winner, is a beachfront holiday dwelling designed to defy local weather change.

The design crew, led acknowledged that the rising sea-level and local weather change are bringing extreme rain occasions at rising magnitude and frequency – after which proceeded to design a bach that takes these elements under consideration.

RTA Studio describes the design resolution: “The overall composition is bold but simple, and reminiscent of a boat or ark floating above the land. It sits on piles that extend 12m into the ground to resist coastal erosion from storm inundation, sea-level rise or overland flow.


Buckleton’s Boat Shed by RTA Studio, is an award-winning Tawharanui bach on poles designed to accommodate rising sea levels.

RTA Studio is also shortlisted in the World Architecture Festival’s completed buildings Higher Education & Research section, along with Irving Smith Architects, Rotorua for the Scion Innovation Hub – Te Whare Nui o Tuteata in Rotorua.

The three-storey, 2000 m² building, is believed to be a world first for a wooden diagrid structure of its size. Scion, which undertakes timber forestry research, says engineered timbers were used for their physical properties, sustainability and environmental performance.


Scion Innovation Hub – Te Whare Nui o Tuteata in Rotorua, designed by RTA Studio and Irving Smith Architects, has also been shortlisted for an award at the World Architecture Festival.


The design of the building references local Māori culture and the work of Scion in timber and forestry research.

The design references local culture and history. Scion says the puhoro design on the middle peak of the building represents speed and agility, and is often found on waka where it can symbolise a speedy journey.

“The mangōpare design on the outer peaks represents the hammerhead shark, showing strength and power.

“The kōwhaiwhai designs were gifted to Scion by Ngāti Hurungaterangi, the haukāinga or local people of the marae, people of this whenua. The designs come from their wharenui at Hurunga Te Rangi Marae, Ngāpuna.”


Architect Ken Crosson talks about his inspiration for the bach that received the Home of the Year Award 2020 and is shortlisted within the World Architecture Festival.

The theme for the 2021 version of the World Architecture Festival is: ‘Resetting the City: Greening, Health and Urbanism’ and the awards attracted 732 entries from 55 international locations, submitted throughout 20 accomplished buildings and panorama classes; a rise of 44 per cent in submissions from 2019’s version of the competition (the final awards to be introduced).

The New Zealand architects are in good firm – different famend corporations shortlisted this 12 months embrace: BIG. Architecture, Zaha Hadid Architects, Foster + Partners, Rafael Viñoly Architects, Grimshaw Architects and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM).

Winner can be introduced in early December, 2021.

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