Best Design Awards: residential winners 2017

Congratulations to all the Best Design Awards finalists and winners for 2017! Below are the residential winners in the Spatial category – a Sydney apartment, a small house in Christchurch, a large house in Auckland, and a colour award for a 1960s modernist gem in Titirangi.


Cleveland Rooftop, Sydney by SJB. Repurposed spaces.

Judge’s comments: A beautiful transformation, enhancing the original features. Confident use of changing textures creating a great interior and exterior connection. See the full project. Photo Cleveland and Co.

Cleveland Rooftop by SJB

Cleveland Rooftop apartment by SJB


Urban Cottage by CoLab Architecture

Judge’s comments: This design creates so much with so little. A light filled, affordable and authentic simplicity is prevalent with no need for artifice. See the full project. Photo Stephen Goodenough.

Urban Cottage by CoLab Architecture

Urban Cottage living room by CoLab Architecture


339 by Strachan Group Architects

Judge’s comments: The play of light emphasizes the difference of the spaces. Relating well to its environment and championing sustainable principles through careful and consistent use of materials and details. See the full project. Photo: Simon Devitt.

339 by Strachan Group Architects zinc cladding

339 by Strachan Group Architects


The Green House by Rafik Patel. Colour award.

Judge’s comments: The bold colour that frames the bush makes it feel like a three-dimensional painting. This is balanced with a considered and restrained palette in other areas to reinforce the forms creating beautifully sculpted spaces. See the full project.

The Green House colour award by Rafik Patel

The Green House colour award by Rafik Patel


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