Entries closed last Thursday for our Home of the Year 2010 award, which we're once again very pleased to be bringing to you with our partners BMW.

As usual, there's a great diversity of entries, some of them immediately alluring, others almost demanding a site visit to find out more about a place that doesn't fully explain itself in the entry photographs.

Early next week I'll be reviewing all the entries and choosing a shortlist of properties to visit with my fellow judges, former Home of the Decade winner Ken Crosson of Auckland's Crosson Clarke Carnachan, and New York architect Charles Renfro of Diller, Scofidio + Renfro (who is being brought to New Zealand to give lectures in April with the assistance of First Windows & Doors.

The Home of the Year issue won't be out until August, but we'll be on the road judging the houses in mid-April. We'll keep you posted about developments on this site in the meantime. This is the 15th anniversary of the Home of the Year award, so expect a bumper issue to hit newsstands in August.