Wellington houses wow NZIA jury gallery

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Wairarapa Hay Barn was one of two projects by First Light Studio that received awards in the Wellington Architecture Awards.

Wairarapa Hay Barn by First Light Studio

Wairarapa Hay Barn by First Light Studio

Wairarapa Hay Barn by First Light Studio

Wairarapa Hay Barn by First Light Studio

Vineyard House by Novak+Middleton

Vineyard House by Novak+Middleton

Vineyard House by Novak+Middleton

Vineyard House by Novak+Middleton

Waikanae House by Herriot Melhuish O'Neill Architects (HMOA)

Waikanae House by Herriot Melhuish O'Neill Architects (HMOA)

Waikanae House by Herriot Melhuish O'Neill Architects (HMOA)

Waikanae House by Herriot Melhuish O'Neill Architects (HMOA)

Kirkway House by Designgroup Stapleton Elliott

Kirkway House by Designgroup Stapleton Elliott

Kirkway House by Designgroup Stapleton Elliott

Kirkway House by Designgroup Stapleton Elliott

Awarua Street Residence by Foundation Architects

Awarua Street Residence by Foundation Architects

Awarua Street Residence by Foundation Architects

Awarua Street Residence by Foundation Architects

Seatoun House by First Light Studio won the Small Project Wellington Architecture Award

Seatoun House by First Light Studio

Seatoun House by First Light Studio

Seatoun House by First Light Studio

The Uren House (1965) by Reginald Uren won an Enduring Architecture Award.

Uren House (1965) by Reginald Uren

Uren House (1965) by Reginald Uren

Uren House (1965) by Reginald Uren

Mount Victoria House Alterations by Mary Daish Architect

Mount Victoria House Alterations by Mary Daish Architect

Mount Victoria House Alterations by Mary Daish Architect

Mount Victoria House Alterations by Mary Daish Architect

Glenbervie Renovation by Parsonson Architects

Glenbervie Renovation by Parsonson Architects

Glenbervie Renovation by Parsonson Architects

Glenbervie Renovation by Parsonson Architects

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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."

Good design never dates - the Uren House (1965) by Reginald Uren received an Enduring Architecture Award.
DEREK HENDERSON

Good design never dates - the Uren House (1965) by Reginald Uren received an Enduring Architecture Award.

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."

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Kirkway House by Designgroup Stapleton Elliott features a large, board-formed concrete fire surround.
HEATHER HOCKEN

Kirkway House by Designgroup Stapleton Elliott features a large, board-formed concrete fire surround.

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".

Vineyard House by Novak+Middleton is a "low-slung pavilion house".
PAUL McCREDIE

Vineyard House by Novak+Middleton is a "low-slung pavilion house".

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.

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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".

Wairarapa Hay Barn was one of two projects by First Light Studio that received awards in the Wellington Architecture Awards.
JASON MANN

Wairarapa Hay Barn was one of two projects by First Light Studio that received awards in the Wellington Architecture Awards.

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:

HOUSING
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 

COMMERCIAL ARCHITECTURE
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

ENDURING ARCHITECTURE
Uren House (1965) by Reginald Uren, Architect
Saint Patrick's College Chapel, Silverstream (1975) by William Pearson, Architect

EDUCATION
WelTec School of Construction by Designgroup Stapleton Elliott

HERITAGE
Hutt City Council Administration Building Refurbishment by architecture +
Centennial Flats by Architecture Cubed

INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE
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

PUBLIC ARCHITECTURE
Hutt City Council Administration Building Refurbishment by architecture+

 

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