Red corrugated iron has led to the red carpet for Auckland based architect Ken Crosson, who has won the highly esteemed German Design Award 2018 for the design of the Red House in Titirangi.
Crosson’s innovative and thoughtful architectural designs have resulted in a long list of local and international recognition, but he admits that this award feels particularly special. “It’s one of the most important accomplishments of my career and an absolute honour to receive the award in person,” he says.
The compact and cost effective home is, in Crosson’s words, “a simple, red abstract cube” providing a striking contrast to the lush green New Zealand bush. “Vertical and horizontal corrugated iron cladding break up the scale of the building,” he says, while the interior maximises natural light and connects the owners to the surrounding treescape. “Large skylights, translucent doors and wrapped glazing result in an open feeling, while a glass enclosure on the second level leads to a roof deck high within the tree canopy boasting all day sun and spectacular views.”
Winning the prestigious German award is a reflection of Crosson’s tribute to New Zealand’s landscape and architecture. The Red House embraces Crosson’s adaptability and appreciation of New Zealand’s natural environment, sustainability and the art of architecture.
Crosson has hinted at other innovative designs in the making that will be coming out of the woodwork, so to speak, later this year. Crosson will be sharing some of his career journey and insights for future architecture design at The Design Show (28-27 July 2018). Crosson is an inspiring and captivating speaker for both industry peers and aspiring designers. All are welcome.
“I think people should come to The Design Show because in one venue you’ve got architects, interior designers, products suppliers as well as people talking.” Ken Crosson.