After a warm welcome from Marshall Cook, Penguin NZ's Publishing GM, Debra Millar (left), spoke and here is an excerpt from her address:
Simon’s stunning photography captures the detail of each building, whether this is its materiality or the way it responds to light and shade, while Andrea’s elegant text provides the context for each building’s design and purpose.
Summer Houses showcases architecture that celebrates the experience of summer living in New Zealand. Photographer Simon Devitt and writer Andrea Stevens have captured more than 20 of this country's most stunning homes and holiday retreats, each designed to maximise the connection to their environment and provide for a relaxed style of living. Devices such as louvres and sliding shutters create flexible summer spaces and enhance indoor-outdoor connections. Materials and construction techniques chosen for their appropriateness to their location create houses with an honesty of purpose and a strong sense of place. Whether urban, rural or set beside the beach, each of the houses featured in this book evokes the qualities that define summer living at its best.