Luke said Tennent + Brown Architects’ Home of Compassion Sisters’ Housing was a “charming collection of homes that employs a restrained composition of materials, with their scale and humanity articulated externally via a switching angular roof”.
He also said that the Kotuku Flats Upgrade by Opus Architecture was an “exemplary” upgrade to a very utilitarian and dilapidated base of existing bedsit apartments in four blocks.
“This is a truly outstanding example of a little being made to go a very long way in a critical housing sector.”
In the housing category, Luke described Novak+Middleton’s Vineyard House 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”.
Herriot Melhuish O’Neill Architects Waikanae House appeared 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”.
Kirkway House, Designgroup Stapleton Elliott’s second award winner, sits “purposely on an elongated seafront section”, the jury said.
The texture of the home, which was derived from the use of zinc shingle “scales”, shuttered concrete walls and timber, was also appreciated by the jury.
The Awarua Street Residence, by Foundation Architects, 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.
A particular highlight for the jury this year was seeing the two projects nominated for enduring architecture awards, which are given to projects more than 25 years old that have withstood the test of time.
“Both are remarkable works – and both highlight the fact that the passage of time doesn’t dull the brilliance of original design thinking,” Luke said.