Oneroa bach wins architecture award

A new building on top of an existing site on Queens Drive in Oneroa is the winner of the small projects category in the inaugural 2021 Here Awards. Here is an architecture magazine that celebrates residential architecture and design.

‘The Gatehouse’ is owned by Gretchen Williamson and husband Richard O’Connor, who provided a brief to architect Mark Frazerhurst to add bedrooms to accommodate guests in an existing 1960s bach with a clifftop view.

Digital process Photo credit Simon Devitt

Frazerhurst’s vision was to create a new ‘sentinel’ structure at an elevated street-level position which complemented the existing retro holiday dwelling. In doing so, creating separate entry and exit points from the same approach.

Local builder Craig Childs from CBC Builders was tasked with bringing the 50 square-metre vision into being and completed the home in time for Christmas 2019.

Gretchen says the separate dwellings “ work so well together” and blend with the residential environment and dual views while being “unobstructive” to neighbours.

*Digital Process : Photo Simon Devitt

The couple has a history of renovation. They have completed other do-ups across Tamaki Makaurau, most recently a bungalow in St Heliers –before making their mark on the island they call home in the summer months.

In awarding the project, the judge’s comments included, “Frazerhurst saw another way to accommodate guests.. now it is both entry and sleep out-it redefines how you approach the original house, but leaves it intact”.