Auckland architecture awards showcase best houses but few apartments
Auckland's best architecture projects for 2016 include a brightly coloured cycle path built from an old motorway bridge, a mausoleum and contemporary new houses "sensitively inserted" into heritage neighbourhoods.
Winners of the annual Auckland Architecture Awards were announced last night at a ceremony hosted by the Auckland branch of the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA).
Architect Michael O'Sullivan, the convenor of the awards jury, says the high standard of the entries can be attributed to both architects and clients.
"We saw a lot of accomplished work," he says. "It's clear that increasingly ambitious and knowledgeable clients are being well served by talented architects practicing with real care and insight."
But there was one category that did not perform as hoped – multi-unit developments remain "weak in quality, even as quantity is increasing".
"Good multi-unit housing is desperately needed in Auckland," says O'Sullivan. "But many of the developer-driven projects of this type are mediocre. It's important, given the scepticism around intensification, that Aucklanders are presented with good examples of multi-unit or apartment buildings."
Two examples that rise above the rest were recognised in the awards – the Altera and Ilico apartments at Stonefields, both designed by Warren and Mahoney Architects.
Fifteen of the awards went to housing projects. "Projects such as the E-Type House by RTA Studio, Omahu Road and City Beach House, both by Fearon Hay Architects, and ValleyM by McKinney + Windeatt Architects, show how new buildings can be sensitively inserted into neighbourhoods with heritage qualities."
O'Sullivan also says the local landscape provides plenty of potential for architecture that is relevant to its surroundings.
"We really don't know how lucky we are. The variety of the region's topography and the transitions between landscapes were the starting points for much of the great work we saw."
The full list of winners:
Central Park One, Ellerslie by Architectus
Brothers Brewery & Juke Joint BBQ, Kingsland by Metropolitan Architecture Studio
Augusta Building, Auckland Grammar School, Epsom, by Architectus
St Cuthbert's College Centennial Centre for Wellbeing, Epsom, by Architectus and
Architecture HDT in association
Lush Family Home, Remuera. (Conferred upon buildings more than 25 years old that have stood up well to the tests of time)
The Orange, Newton, by Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects & Tonkin Zulaika Greer Architects in association, and Dave Pearson Architects
Number 5, Waiheke Island, by Architectus
Omahu Road, Remuera, by Fearon Hay Architects
City Beach House, Takapuna, by Fearon Hay Architects
Maidstone Studio, Grey Lynn, by bell + co architecture and Andrew Kissell
Bramasole, Waimauku, by Herbst Architects
Tawini House, Titirangi, by Megan Edwards Architects
E-Type House, Grey Lynn, by RTA Studio
Te Hihi, Karaka, by SGA – Strachan Group Architects
Lang's Cove House, Lang's Beach, by Bossley Architects
HOUSING – ADDITIONS AND ALTERATIONS
Salisbury House, Herne Bay, by Godward Guthrie Architecture
ValleyM, Herne Bay, by McKinney + Windeatt Architects Ltd
Belmont Garden Room, Belmont, by Mitchell & Stout Architects
Jones House Alterations, Mt Eden, by Stephen Jones Architects
Herne Bay House Alteration by Gerrad Hall Architects
Albany House Alteration by Gerrad Hall Architects
HOUSING – MULTI UNIT
Altera, Stonefields, by Warren and Mahoney Architects
Ilico, Stonefields, by Apartments Warren and Mahoney Architects
HOSPITALITY AND RETAIL
Rosie, Parnell, by McKinney + Windeatt Architects
Fortieth & Hurstmere, Takapuna, by McKinney + Windeatt Architects
PLANNING AND URBAN DESIGN
#LightPathAKL, Central Auckland, by Monk McKenzie and LandLAB, in association
Canada Street Bridge, Central Auckland, by Monk McKenzie and Novare Design, in association
Te Pātaka Kōrero o Te Hau Kapua – Devonport Library, by Athfield Architects
SMALL PROJECT ARCHITECTURE
Waikumete Mausoleum, Glen Eden, by Architect Associates
Seaside Cabins, Rawhiti, by Rowe Baetens Architecture and Noel Lane Architects, in association
Studio & Garden Room – Peter's House, Sunnyhills, Lynda Simmons Architect
The Art of Remembrance: St David's Church Installation, Newton, by Warren and Mahoney Architects