Congratulations to the winner and six finalists in the 2015 Home of the Year Award, announced in April. Amongst those in the running for the award were some stunners I’ve photographed: The Rammed Earth House by Justin and Louise Wright of Assembly Architects and the Titirangi Red House by Ken Crosson of Crosson, Clarke, Carnachan Architects.

See the finalists here »

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INDESIGN MAGAZINE AUSTRALIA

Parnell’s Geyser building caught the eye of the editors at InDesign Magazine in Australia.

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ARCHITECTURE NZ

Read Michael Barrett’s epic story behind the Manukau Tertiary Centre’s creation in Architecture NZ magazine.

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DWELL

The fairytale story of how a two car brick garage in Mt Albert transformed into an internationally admired family home.

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URBIS

Manipulated materials, meticulously placed fixings, unexpected texture—the perfect conditions for a wonderful photoshoot, this one for a property in Parnell.

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Portrait of a House has been doing a little world trip, this time popping up in the book review section of the incredibly stylish Elle Decor Italia.

If your Italian is a bit rusty here’s what they said:

“Featuring architectural daring from New Zealand.

Discover this home and project created on the hill by architect Ian Athfield.

An innovative publication, charmingly presented and photographed by Simon Devitt.

 

 

I was chuffed to find Portrait of a House reviewed by Tommy Honey in The Hobson magazine December 2013 issue.

“The most intriguing and certainly the most personal book on architecture published this year is Portrait of a House (Balasoglou Books) by photographer Simon Devitt.

It is, as Devitt states, “a portrait of the Athfield House, the village on the hill”.

Ian Athfield, once the enfant terrible of New Zealand architecture, and his wife Claire, started building their house high on the hill in Khandallah, Wellington, nearly 50 years ago.

The story of their house is told almost entirely in pictures (some archival, some taken by Devitt over a 10 year period), anecdotes and recipes.

It is the intimate made public and a reflection of the Athfields’ generosity and Devitt’s commitment.

A beautiful, beautiful book.”

Urban design critic Tommy Honey is a former architect, now Dean of College at Parnell’s Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design. He lives in Remuera.

The Maggies, more formally known as the Magazine Cover Awards 2013, are upon us.

VOTE NOW (pretty please) for my Architecture NZ magazine cover featuring Parnell’s Geyser building.
It’s as simple as heading over to Business and Trade Section after leaping via this link and then hitting the Submit Vote page.

And you’ll score a magazine voucher too. Ace.

Final votes must be made by Friday 17 October.

The award-winning Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects ‘Hut on sleds’ bach photographed at Whangapoua in the Coromandel Peninsula is featured in the latest Australia Vogue Living Magazine July/August 2013. Catch a peek of the bedroom here, and head to your nearest and dearest magazine shop for a copy.

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