The first steps in life can have an impact on your future, and this goes for award-winning architects too.
At high school in Denmark, architect Mona Kruse Hurnen fell asleep in a presentation about being an art history teacher – so scratched that idea.
However, soon after a presentation by an architect on space and space creation and how it actually works with humans captured her imagination and from very early on Hurnen knew she was going to be an architect.
Hurnen describes her design style as a combination of Scandinavian, being from Europe, and a reflection of the New Zealand vernacular in terms of creating space and interactive space.
“So I guess it's a fusion of those two styles – for example in terms of colour: obviously quite light light and white spaces, but also some colour and an interesting mix of those two.”
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In terms of the market, there is a move away from an over-focus on investment, says the Wellington-based architect: “Owners are thinking about what they enjoy themselves rather than on-selling. The result is a little bit more individuality, which I don't think is a bad thing – and part of this is that people are no longer so scared about trying out colour and having some fun with it.
With an eclectic approach to inspiration, Hurnen draws on everything from noting the day-to-day things, things as small as effective label colours in the supermarket, to drawing on her world travels such as visiting Park Güel in Barcelona – “That was so challenging to your perception of spaces and of what you think is important.”