Long Grass House

Photographer: Simon Devitt


NZIA 2020 Southern Architects Awards Citation:
‘The project strikes a balance between affordability, sustainability, and liveability. The design approach has been positively reductive, interrogating what is really needed in order to produce what is sufficient. It is clear that the client and architect have become a complementary team, working together through design and construction. There is a sense of fun in this design which carries through from outside to inside; it evokes a feeling of being on holiday in a house that is occupied the year round. The interiors are engaging, with an enjoyable volume of space, natural light, and material warmth.’

Completed: 2019, Hawea Flat
Builder: Davidson Building Ltd

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