SHARE

A Central Otago home has excelled in top-shelf domestic architecture to be named New Zealand Home of the Year 2021.

Black Quail House, in Bannockburn, designed by Barcelona-based New Zealander Bergendy Cooke, of BC+A, was awarded the top honour at an event in Auckland last week.

Speaking from Barcelona, Ms Cooke told The News she was honoured to receive the recognition for her work.

“My reaction not only for myself but also for everyone involved.”

From having great clients who not only put their trust in me but who were also very keen to be part of the design process, to also an impressive team, including the engineers, builders, technicians and joiners,” she said.

“At the end of the day, it really is a combination of everybody’s input and we really had a great team especially considering I was absent from regular site visits, being based in Barcelona.”

Ms Cooke attended the awards via Zoom.

Set in a landscape of extreme contradictions beneath rows of pinot noir vines on the Kawarau River in contrast to a harsh setting of historic mining tailings with schist, lichen and wild thyme Ms Cooke said the design of Black Quail House was “completely informed by [the house’s] location”.

Created from concrete with a shingle roof scape to blend into its surroundings, the design reflected the client’s desire for materials which were durable, had integrity and aged well.

“Black Quail House is an exploration of protection and permanence,” Ms Cooke said.

“I have always loved concrete but it’s not a common residential material in New Zealand; we have an affinity with timber it’s firmly entrenched in our vernacular.”

The precast concrete used in the construction was an updated version of the stone used for basic shelter by the miners.

“This project called for something different .. it necessitated a substantial material not only to create a protective solid mass but also one that reflected the site’s materiality,” she said.

“It’s not a house that wants to show off. It’s one that wants to be quiet, subtle and calm.”

HOME commercial director Nat Davis said a record number of entries were received.