Wellington houses wow NZIA jury
A house modelled on a hay barn and a house in a vineyard were two of the standout housing winners in the NZIA Wellington Architecture Awards announced on Wednesday, May 17.
And a house designed in 1965 by architect Reginald Uren for his brother Ron, picked up an Enduring Architecture Award.
The Uren House, as it is still known, was widely praised by Alistair Luke, the Wellington awards jury convenor. "The genius of this enigmatic house matches the enigma of its architect," Luke said. "This is one of New Zealand's finest modernist residential works, surpassing in composition and detail many that are better known."
The jury had plenty of praise for the new offerings as well. The Wairarapa Hay Barn by First Light Studio is a "wedge-shaped" house that picks up on the rural shed forms. Luke described it as a "liveable, warm and harmonious home that is clearly perfectly pitched to its owner's needs."
First Light Studio, a practice started by recent graduates of the Victoria University of Wellington School of Architecture, also received a Small Project Award for a house in Seatoun.
"This small project was delivered on an equally small budget", Luke said. "It signals an alternative to the profligacy and sprawl that are otherwise undermining our urban and suburban environments."
Vineyard House by Novak+Middleton was praised as a "low slung pavilion-like house that responds to the client's wishes for a modernist expression with minimalist detailing and expansive views to its site and beyond".
Kirkway House by Designgroup Stapleton Elliott was another housing award winner. The texture of the home, which was derived from the use of zinc shingle "scales", shuttered concrete walls and timber, was especially appreciated by the jury.
Foundation Architects' Awarua Street residence was a "clever response to Wellington's sometimes challenging topography". "Thoughtfully wrapped around a private outdoor court, this compact infill home on a quintessential Wellington hillside site steps assuredly over three terraces tailored neatly to the underlying topography," Luke said.
Waikanae House by Herriot Melhuish O'Neill Architects (HMOA) appears to be a simple composition of boxes, but upon entering and moving through it, the jury found "subtle complexities and a deft handling that responds to the site and the client needs".
Two renovation projects also claimed awards – the Mount Victoria House Mount Victoria House Alterations by Mary Daish Architect, and Glenbervie Renovation by Parsonson Architects. The Glenbervie renovation was described as a "finely crafted reworking of a small, pre-1900s workingman's cottage that cleverly orchestrates the home across three compact scaled split levels".
The Mount Victoria house is a contemporary addition to an existing villa, which the jury describes as "a delight".
The full list of winners is as follows:
Kirkway House by Designgroup Stapleton Elliott
Wairarapa Hay Barn by First Light Studio
Awarua Street Residence by Foundation Architects
Waikanae House by Herriot Melhuish O'Neill Architects (HMOA)
Vineyard House by Novak+Middleton
HOUSING - ALTERATIONS AND ADDITIONS
Mount Victoria House Alterations by Mary Daish Architect
Glenbervie Renovation by Parsonson Architects
HOUSING - MULTI UNIT
Kotuku Flats Upgrade by Opus Architecture
Home of Compassion Sisters' Housing by Tennent+Brown Architects
SMALL PROJECT ARCHITECTURE
Seatoun House by First Light Studio
133 Molesworth Street by Studio of Pacific Architecture
The Aurora Centre by Warren and Mahoney
Wellington International Airport Limited Terminal South Extension by Warren and Mahoney
Uren House (1965) by Reginald Uren, Architect
Saint Patrick's College Chapel, Silverstream (1975) by William Pearson, Architect
WelTec School of Construction by Designgroup Stapleton Elliott
Hutt City Council Administration Building Refurbishment by architecture +
Centennial Flats by Architecture Cubed
Hutt City Council Administration Building Fitout by architecture+
architecture+ Office Fitout by architecture+
Ministry of Social Development Fitout by Studio of Pacific Architecture
Intergen Fitout by Warren and Mahoney Architects
Wellington International Airport Terminal South Expansion by Warren and Mahoney
Hutt City Council Administration Building Refurbishment by architecture+