Auckland architecture awards showcase best houses but few apartments gallery

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Winners of the Auckland Architecture Awards 2016 include this project in the Housing category: Bramasole, Waiuku, by Herbst Architects

Housing: Number 5, Waiheke Island, by Architectus

Housing: City Beach House, Takapuna, by Fearon Hay Architects

Housing: Omahu Road, Remuera, by Fearon Hay Architects

Housing: Tawini House, Titirangi, by Megan Edwards Architects

Housing: E-Type House, Grey Lynn, by RTA Studio

Housing: Te Hihi, Karaka, by SGA - Strachan Group Architects

Housing: Lang's Cove House, Lang's Beach, by Bossley Architects

Housing: Maidstone Studio, Grey Lynn, by Bell & Co Architecture and Andrew Kissell

Housing-additions and alterations: Albany house alteration by Gerrad Hall Architects

Housing - additions and alterations: Salisbury House, Herne Bay by Godward Guthrie Architecture

Housing - additions and alterations: Herne Bay House Alteration by Gerrad Hall Architects

Housing - additions and alterations: Valley M, Herne Bay by McKinney + Windeatt Architects

Housing - additions and alterations: Jones House Alterations, Mt Eden, by Gerrad Hall Architects.

Housing - additions and alterations: Belmont Garden Room, Belmont by Mitchell & Stout Architects

Housing - multi unit: Altera, Stonefields, by Warren and Mahoney Architects

Housing - multi unit: Ilico, Stonefields, by Warren and Mahoney Architects

Heritage: The Orange, Newton, by Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects and Tonkin Zulaika Greer Architects in association, and Dave Pearson Architects

Commercial architecture: Central Park One, Ellerslie, by Architectus

Commercial: Brothers Brewery & Juke Joint BBQ, Kingsland, by Metropolitan Architecture Studio

Education: Augusta Building, Auckland Grammar School, Epsom, by Architectus

Education: St Cuthert's College Centennial Centre for Wellbeing, Epsom, by Architectus and Architecture HDT in association

Hospitality and retail: Rosie, Parnell, by McKinney + Windeatt Architects

Interior architecture: Fortieth & Hurstmere, Takapuna, by McKinney + Windeatt Architects

Planning and urban design: #LightPathAKL, Central Auckland, by Monk McKenzie and LandLAB, in association

Planning and urban design: Canada Street Bridge, Central Auckland, by Monk McKenzie and Novare Design, in association

Public architecture: Te Pataka Korero o Te Hau Kapua - Devonport Library, by Athfield Architects

Small project architecture: Waikumete Mausoleum, Glen Eden, by Athfield Associates

Small project architecture: Seaside Cabins, Rawhiti, by Rowe Baetens Architecture and Noel Lane Architects, in association

Small project architecture: Studio and Garden Room - Peter's House, Sunnyhills, Lynda Simmons Architect

Small project architecture: The Art of Remembrance: St David's Church Installation, Newton, by Warren and Mahoney Architects

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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.

This Herne Bay house alteration by Gerrad Hall Architects was another winner.
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This Herne Bay house alteration by Gerrad Hall Architects was another winner.

"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."

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The #LightPathAKL cycle way in central Auckland, by Monk McKenzie with LandLAB won a Planning and Urban Design Award.
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The #LightPathAKL cycle way in central Auckland, by Monk McKenzie with LandLAB won a Planning and Urban Design Award.

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.

Sliding screens animate the exterior of the Ilico apartment building at Stonefields, designed by Warren and Mahoney ...
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Sliding screens animate the exterior of the Ilico apartment building at Stonefields, 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."

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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:

COMMERCIAL ARCHITECTURE

Central Park One, Ellerslie by Architectus
Brothers Brewery & Juke Joint BBQ, Kingsland by Metropolitan Architecture Studio

EDUCATION

Augusta Building, Auckland Grammar School, Epsom, by Architectus
​St Cuthbert's College Centennial Centre for Wellbeing, Epsom, by Architectus and 
Architecture HDT in association

ENDURING ARCHITECTURE 

Lush Family Home, Remuera. (Conferred upon buildings more than 25 years old that have stood up well to the tests of time)

HERITAGE

The Orange, Newton, by Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects  & Tonkin Zulaika Greer Architects in association, and Dave Pearson Architects 

HOUSING

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 

INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE

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

PUBLIC ARCHITECTURE

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

 - Stuff

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