Former state house beats all comers to win Resene ADNZ Supreme Architectural
The designer of the remodelled 1940s Mt Roskill state house that won an Auckland ADNZ award has now scooped the national pool to win the 2020 ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Award.
Madushin Amarasekera of Construkt Associates redesigned the house he calls “2 @ 4 in 1” for his own family, to accommodate multigenerational living. He has effectively creating two houses under one roof – one for his family and one for his wife’s parents.
Amarasekera says there needed to be a level of separation between the two homes, while allowing moments of interaction between the older and younger generations.
To keep a backyard for their children to have space to play, the designer added more space to the original three-bedroom state house by going up, vertically. Now the house is made up of a smaller 72sqm two-bedroom unit and a three-bedroom larger unit – achieved with a modest $500,000 budget.
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Judges said smart moves such as building upwards over existing foundations to reduce new footings have seen a dramatic change.
“Madushin has avoided doing the obvious thing of plonking an annex on the back of an existing home for the grandparents. In these Covid ‘stay at home’ times, we can see how this house would have produced not just a ‘bubble’ but instead a ‘foam’. A series of interlocking spaces, the home enables the two families to come together as a whānau, sharing domestic life alongside work-life, while also enabling division to give each family their own space and time.
“The overall effect of these carefully interlocked horizontal and vertical spaces is village-like. There is a flow where the extended family encounter each other, but also edge spaces of privacy and retreat. The planning works very hard to achieve this rich variety of spaces. This is a very sophisticated remodelling of the humble state house, and we are sure it is the envy of its neighbours,” said the judging panel.
Amarasekera’s home won two other national awards. The project won the 2020 Residential Alterations and Additions Architectural Design Award and the 2020 Residential Interiors Architectural Design Award.
Other national winners are as follows:
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