APR Residential 

Third Award – Port Waikato House by Kamermans Architects Ltd

Global Future Design Awards 2019
Third Award
Firm: Kamermans Architects Ltd
Architect: Frans Kamermans
Category: Residential 
Country: New Zealand
Website: www.kamermans.co.nz

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A contemporary interpretation of NZ farm sheds vernacular.

The brief called for a single storey, comfortable, farm-house for a couple, visiting adult children and other guests. The property is a working life stock farm.

The concept was designed as a series of pavilions linked by a circulation spine along the E-W axis; central living pavilion with a master bedroom pavilion to the East and a guest pavilion to the West, with small court yards in between (entry garden courtyard and kitchen garden courtyard). A garage/services wing to the South side of the ‘spine’.

The pavilions are simple structures with two mono pitched roof planes discharging in a central gutter along the ‘spine’, resulting in a ‘butterfly’ roof. The main glazing to the North to capture the sun and the rural view over the Waikato River valley. The pitch of the Northern roof plane allows for deep penetration of the winter sun and full summer sun shading, while the Southern roof plane accommodates solar panels for water heating and electricity. Band sawn stained cedar board and batten cladding, reinforces the rural farm shed vernacular.


Sustainable features:

  1. a) Low energy use and high natural comfort:
  • Passive solar heating and natural cooling to all habitable rooms achieved by plenty of Northern (double) glazing, wide eaves, concrete floors and lots of insulation.
  • Natural ventilation through high level opening windows.
  • Hydronic ‘in-slab’ heating to living areas, bedrooms & bathrooms.
  • Solar water heating with heat pump back up. (surplus solar heated water is stored in a hot water cylinder for ’in-slab’ heating in winter and dumped in the pool to extend the swimming season).
  1. b) On-site wastewater treatment with grey water irrigation to garden.
  2. c) Water supply from rainwater tanks and on site bore.
  3. d) Plantation grown timber is the dominant structural and cladding material.
  4. e) Steel roofing, structural steel and aluminium joinery are all NZ produced and fully

All of the above resulting in a very sustainable, functional, elegant and beautiful piece of Architecture.