Awards night!

On Friday, July 5 two separate functions were held to announce the winners of both the 2019 Resene Architectural Awards and in Tauranga the 2019 Master Build House of the Year.


Held annually, the ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards in Hamilton celebrate the creative talent of architectural designers and architects from the region. After a bit of a nervous wait, we were absolutely thrilled to be awarded two regional awards and one commended award.


‘Pure Forms’ won the new home category between 150m2 and 300m2 Architectural Design Award. This stunning family home is nestled in the heart of Mount Maunganui. The brief was threefold. The clients wanted to create a home that functioned well for their young family’s needs and that had the feel of a traditional beach bach. It also had to utilise its unconventional site to its full potential, allowing for a boat park.



Built by Calley Builders


The brief also needed to be delivered under a strict construction budget. We went for a simple design that used pure forms and a traditional aesthetic with strong rooflines. To accommodate the brief, the footprint was extended into the roof space. This maximised the floor area and limited construction costs. In keeping with the traditional architecture and Mount Maunganui bach theme, stained cedar plywood and batten was selected.


The judges said the substantial home carries its size well. “The plan and the form have been carefully crafted to create a sequence of spaces, a combination of calm, dramatic, expansive, and intimate, all as a backdrop for family life.”


‘Textural Connections’ took out the Architectural Interiors award for the Thorne Group showhome with Interior Designer Annique Heensen. This is the second time we have won this coveted award. The client brief was to create a show home that appealed to a wide audience yet offer scope to be polarising, unique within its surrounding environment and environmentally conscious as well as cost effective – all this stacked up to be a challenging brief.

With a footprint just over 220m2 this is not a large home, however there is still a sense of spaciousness. The living spaces extend seamlessly through over light glazing to the covered outdoor area

The interiors have a combination of natural materials which blend with its organic feel. The result is an interior that still feels really homely and sophisticated, while still being quite bold in its form.

Added to this is the homes ‘eco features’. The home has been designed to gain accreditation as 6 Star Homestar rated.



Built by www.thornegroup.co.nz


We were thrilled when the showhome was also awarded Gold at the Master Build Awards in Tauranga.


Finally Timeless Tradition’ was recognised with a commended award. Situated in Mount Maunganui the brief was to create a timeless family home with an emphasis on interior/exterior connections. Black stained cedar weatherboard cladding with accents of plaster and exposed trusses were used to the Entry, living and exterior.



Built by JACO builders


The split pavilion design created well defined public and private areas. Being offset it formed a wonderful private North facing Pool and lawn area. This area is accessible from the main living areas.

Large garaging and service areas were incorporated into the design. Above the garaging the children’s area was tucked away with bedrooms, bathroom and play/rumpus room.


It was such an honour to win these awards with such a high calibre of entrants. Meantime the same night in Tauranga, the 2019 Master Builder House of the Year were held. It was celebrations all around with all 4 entries of homes we designed winning gold (3 for Thorne Group and 1 for Edinbridge Resources). Fantastic night all around and celebrations did go well into the night in both Tauranga and Hamiliton! Excited about the year ahead, working on some fantastic projects, both small and large with some fantastic clients.



Endinbridge Resources Master Builder House of the YearGold Award winner



Thorne Group Master Builder House of the Year Gold Award Winner

Thorne Group Master Builder House of the Year Gold Award winner

Thorne Group Master Builder House of the Year Gold Award winner


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