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Timber Design Awards

Benniston – Collings Family Home

Jeremy Hanson talks of the villa’s consistent habit of facing the world with both its richest work and a welcoming verandah gives a human scale and a generous ambience for all.

With this family home we turned the villa inside out, back to front, kept the scrim, the bay window and the meat box. Threw in a brewery, a worm farm and a chicken run.

This villa has 3 woods, kauri, cedar and pine, and a skin of corrugated iron. Built on a tight budget and a family growing, it captures everything Jeremy references with human scale, leaning hallway doors (for leaning on) and ambience for children to engage with the love of the land.

It’s a little bit of England in the south pacific.

Photos by Simon Devitt