state house

PHOTO:PATRICK REYNOLDS This is the modern addition to a former state house in Lyttelton. The project, by Bull O’Sullivan Architecture, has just won an NZIA Canterbury Housing – Alterations and Additions Award.

It’s hard to believe this was once a state house.

The home, high on a hill above Lyttelton Harbour has undergone a dramatic transformation by Bull O’Sullivan Architecture and has now taken out a major architecture award.

Toto Whare, as it’s named, won a Housing – Alterations and Additions Award in the NZIA Canterbury regional architecture awards, part of the Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects awards programme.


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In announcing the win, the awards jury said: “This house is what creating a strong, safe, and nurturing family home is all about. The hand of the architect is evident in the details, finishing and furniture of a project that is clearly the result of a robust collaboration with the client.”