Nestled into a terraced hillside site, this two-bedroom house has been positioned to enjoy panoramic views east to the Southern Alps.

All living spaces are accommodated on the first floor within two dark stained cedar box forms.

The more dominant north box, with its extensively glazed lounge, cantilevers out dramatically over a 13m lap pool and pool room below.

The main stair dissects the two forms leading up from the turquoise blue waters on the west to the silver dollar gum that boarders the internal courtyard on the east.

Titled Red Rock Lane, the design by Nic Curragh of Objects Ltd, won the Residential New Home between 150sqm and 300sqm Architectural Design Award, at last year’s ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards.

Competition judges said, “This home has precise, careful, clean frames. It handles the underside of its floating volume well. The courtyard tucked back against the hillside is a great addition.”

Title: Red Rock Lane.
Architect: Nic Curragh of Objects Ltd. Award: Residential New Home between 150sqm and 300sqm Architectural Design Award.
Location: Redcliffs.


Perched high above the city and rooted in mid-century design, this four-bedroom, four-bathroom residence

Rising to three storeys, the award-winning hillside home in Redcliffs boasts stunning views of the estuary, parks and city.

Designed by O’Neil Architecture and built by DJ Hewitt Builders, it won the Canterbury House of the Year Gold Award in the Resene New Home over $2 million category and was a National House of the Year finalist at the Registered Master Builders 2019 House of the Year awards.

A mix of cedar, plaster and natural stone, framed by sharp landscape design, invite you in. Only the finest fixtures, fittings and finishes are on show throughout. The entertainer’s kitchen and opulent bathrooms incorporate elements of tile and stone.

Exceptional outdoor living options offer refuge from prevailing winds without compromising the incredible outlook.

Structured glass, louvres and a clever arch have helped to achieve this. The three alfresco spaces enjoy a seamless connection to the interior on various levels.

Simplifying the journey between floors, an elevator has been included as a future-proofing measure.

For a grander ascension, the dramatic central staircase awaits. With its open black metal treads and glass balustrades, this stunning structure rises three storeys.

Swimming in natural light, it celebrates that all-important outlook on the way up.



Through dramatic lighting, the designer has created a space that highlights the tile texture in a sophisticated and outstanding way. The creative mirror detailing is stunning and just adds to this accomplished and truly unique bathroom design.

The palette and material choices play a major role in the success of this space. The timber look tile provides plenty of rich tones and grain changes, which is replicated in the joinery throughout the suite.

The pearl coloured tiles were used to complement the use of concrete and oxidized metals throughout the rest of the home, and also to provide a light, fresh backdrop for the timber and pops of blackened steel.

The layout of the ensuite includes a spacious shower with twin rain heads, as well as a double vanity unit with two deep drawers. The clients wanted lighting that was both effective, but also fun and accentuated the drama and detail throughout the space.

Chefs delight


This alpine kitchen in Lake Hayes is a fusion of oriental and commercial chic, with clean, straight lines, natural materials and earthy tones.

The kitchen features two islands. At one end of the chef’s island is a cantilevered teppanyaki grill mounted in Ceasarstone.

On the pastry island, Ceasarstone along with marble has been used. A self-contained coffee making area affording sweeping views of the Remarkables is a special space within the home.
Many of the functional elements are hidden behind six-coat Ameron lacquered soft close doors and panels, however a ‘feature wall’ with a 2.25m tall by 3.25m long, six door glass fronted cabinet is on display.

Traditional Japanese sliding screens separate the kitchen from an informal dining and lounge area.

The kitchen space was designed by Stefan Sonntag of Masterwood Joinery and won the Supreme Kitchen Design award at the 2019 NKBA Excellence in Design Awards.

Apartment Living


These four Hereford Apartments in Christchurch are designed to maximise the site coverage within urban planning regulations, while also engaging with the local built environment and community in a positive manner.

The apartments are constructed from quality materials, designed to last, and focus on being cost effective to construct.

Internal spaces are comfortably spaced, with the upper storey apartments within the lofted roof reminiscent of European apartments.

The design, by Greg Young of Young Architects, won the Residential Multi-Unit Dwelling Award at the 2019 Canterbury/Westland Regional ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards.
Judges said, “the designer has successfully created four tiny single-bedroom units of rare spatial quality.

“Spatial interest and outdoor entertaining spaces have been cleverly packed into compact plans under a memorable triple-gable roof.”


By Sheppard & Rout Architects associate director, Jonathan Kennedy

In a day and age where humble and modest dwellings are flavour of the month amongst architectural critics, larger, high-end homes are still what many clients aspire to.


With the advent of energy efficient appliances, lighting and heating systems, together with higher levels of insulation and smart passive design techniques, larger homes aren’t always more expensive to run.

It has been common to see larger sites in Canterbury carved-up and subdivided but, for those that go against the grain, the real value is in those sites that retain their land, gardens and outlook.

These sites are fast becoming the desirable ones.

Smaller, modest homes aren’t always what clients are after – often our clients have large families, pets, and stunning sites that deserve homes that stretch out and into the landscape.

In recent years, Sheppard & Rout has completed many larger, high-end homes.

At this level of the market, clients understand the value of incorporating energy efficient systems into their homes – solar power is one such example which offsets running costs and can even pay for itself in just a few years.

By putting more insulation into the home, they are also kept cooler in the summer, and warmer in the winter, which means less power is required.
Larger homes often allow our clients the freedom to really flex both their and our own artistic thoughts.

Rather than being constrained to one or two ideas, the scale of these projects allows different moods to be created across the home – from dark, moody powder rooms to bright and airy double-height living spaces.


Creating Smarts Spaces

This contrast of scale and materiality within the house can really add drama to the designs.

One area of design that needs specialist attention on larger homes is the integration of mechanical and electrical installations.

In smaller houses, it’s not such a concern to have separately-switched lights or independent heating/cooling systems but,
in larger homes, it’s important to make sure our clients can efficiently control their homes with fully or semi-automated systems.

This not only includes lighting systems that can control various lights around the house from a single point, but also heating/cooling systems that will talk to one another and be remotely controlled when away from the house.

It has been a common trend in our larger homes to include for a pool and/or spa.

We will always recommend that larger houses be heated with a hydronic system such as wet underfloor heating or radiators – these systems provide a much more comfortable and temperate environment.


Creating Smarts Spaces


The beauty of these systems is they can also be used in the winter months to heat the house, whilst in the summer switched over to heat the swimming pool.

The capital outlay is subsequently less through reduced equipment requirements.

However, this does need specialist input at the design stage to ensure all systems are talking to each other and space is properly allocated and designed for.

Another common request from our clients wanting larger homes, is to design for large windows to allow the best visual and physical connection with the outside environment.

The advent of argon-filled, Low-E double glazing means much higher levels of thermal performance can be achieved with windows.

Thermally-broken aluminium window frames further increase this performance and, together with good passive design techniques, we can make the windows actually help with the thermal performance of the house.

Recent technical developments in building materials, together with wider client acceptance of modern design means the larger, high-end house is still something to aspire to and something Sheppard & Rout Architects always looks forward to being part of.


Sheppard & Rout Architects 104 Salisbury Street Christchurch
(03) 366 1562




New Zealand’s outstanding kitchens and bathrooms were celebrated at the 2019 NKBA Excellence in Design Awards.

This year, 19 beautiful kitchens and bathrooms created by 15 of the most talented designers in the country were recognised.
The National Kitchen and Bathroom Association Excellence in Design Awards are a celebration of excellence, innovation, creativity, quality craftsmanship, and inspiring design in the sector.

NKBA president Jared Dinneen says this year’s designs demonstrate the exciting role kitchens and bathrooms play in giving a home wow factor.

“Excellent kitchen and bathroom design have to be a top priority for anyone looking at building new or renovating a home.
“The incredible designs from the 2019 NKBA Excellence in Design Awards demonstrate just how important a quality, well planned and executed kitchen and bathroom is to the balance and the overall aesthetic of a home.

“It is exciting to see NKBA designers creating kitchens where the client is passionate about great design, manufacturing, appliances and finishes,” Jared say

A Modern Touch of Retro

This mid-century retro-style kitchen has been designed for an architectural 1960s home. A black and timber colour palette achieves the desired aesthetic, while melamine and Formica Laminate finishes were selected for nostalgic and budget reasons.

Black overlay pull handles help to reduce finger marking on the black melamine doors and deliver a clean look. A custom open shelving décor unit above the coffee nook packs a visual punch.

Open shelving around the rangehood cabinet creates an interesting view through to the dining room. The design won the Wellington Chapter Kitchen Recognition Award.

Design desire

Bowled Over

The bathroom design has been grounded with the use of steel, which complements the vertical heated towel rails. The steel starts as a negative detail between the concrete benchtop and the cabinetry; it then flows downwards and floats under the cabinetry creating a space for towel storage.

It cleverly angles to maximise detailing aesthetic and airing of towels. The rectangular basin makes a bold visual contrast against the black tiles, dark wallpaper and the concrete vanity top.

This design won the Southern Chapter Bathroom Recognition Award.

The creative genius of Canterbury’s leading designers was celebrated
in August at the Canterbury/Westland Regional ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards.

Every year the ADNZ awards celebrate innovative, sustainable and exceptionally designed projects from around New Zealand.

This year 22 awards were given to 13 designers from the Canterbury region.

ADNZ CEO, Gregory Watts says year-on-year Christchurch designers demonstrate their architectural dominance and 2019 is no exception.

“The Canterbury region has won more awards than any other region in 2019. A massive 22 awards were handed out to the incredible and talented designers of the region; well done to all the winners.”

Merivale House Exterior View

Merivale House

by Barry Connor

Barry Connor of Barry Connor Design Limited received a Highly Commended Award in the Residential New Home between 150sqm and 300sqm category for his design ‘Merivale House’.

Judges citation: This is a good use of a narrow suburban site. It has civil and humane interiors and an excellent use of materials. There is a gentility and dignity about the space. It is unassuming with a rhythm to the interior and exterior spaces.

Major Hornbrook Interior Architecture

Major Hornbrook

by Aaron Jones

Aaron Jones of Urban Function Architecture received four awards for four projects.

He received a Commercial Interior Architecture Design Award for the work on his own design studio titled ‘Urbanfunction + Zerobag Studios’, and a Highly Commended Award in the Commercial Interior Architecture Design category for his work on the Spencer Park Surf Life Saving Club.

He also received a Commended Award in the Residential Compact Major HornbrookNew Home up to 150sqm category for his design of an 80sqm home called ‘Petite Maison’, and, pictured on this page, a Commended Award in the Residential New Home between 150sqm and 300sqm category for this Mount Pleasant home titled ‘Major Hornbrook’.

Judges citation:
Varied volumes have been brought together with care and elegance. The warm timber interiors soak up the sun in winter and can be thrown open to luxuriate in sea breezes in summer.


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