Auckland Award Winners Announced

Auckland Award Winners Announced add

The winners of the 2020 Auckland Northland ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Regional Awards have been announced. This year nine Auckland/Northland projects were recognised – with two designers taking out major regional awards titles. The 2020 Architectural Designers New Zealand Awards programme saw 158 entries from talented architects and architectural designers across New Zealand.

The first major award went to a project that involved the renovation of a 1940’s Mount Roskill state house to create two homes under one roof. The designer, Madushin Amarasekera of Construkt Associates Ltd, received three awards for the project including a Regional Residential Alterations and Additions Architectural Design Award, Regional Residential Interiors Architectural Design Award and a Highly Commended Resene Colour in Design Award.

Titled ‘2 @ 4 in 1’, the home was designed by Amarasekera for his family and his mother’s parents to live in. Importantly, there needed to be a level of separation between the two homes, while allowing moments of interaction between the older and younger generations.

To keep a backyard for their children to have space to play, Amarasekera added more space to the original three-bedroom state house by going up. Now the house is made up of a smaller 72sqm two-bedroom unit and a three-bedroom larger unit. On a modest $500,000 budget, the architect has creatively transformed the house into a home that exceptionally accommodates an extended multi-generational family.

Judges said there was a flow where the extended family encounter each other, but also edge spaces of privacy and retreat and that the planning works very hard to achieve this rich variety of spaces.

Trevor Wilson of ARCreate Design Studio won the Auckland Northland Regional Resene Colour in Design Award for his project ‘Lockdown Lover’.

‘Lockdown Lover’ is a family bach located in Tindalls Bay. The renovation saw it extended from a two bedroom, 78sqm, dwelling to a 178sqm holiday home. Resene judges praised the designer for the use of icy blues, smooth whites and soft textures that come together to form an elegant, beachy palette.

Designer David Giles of ARCreate Design Studio received a Highly Commended Award in the Residential New Home between 150m2 and 300m2 category for ‘Queen Street’ a new build on a busy street in Northcote Point.

The owners wanted a modern, industrial concrete and steel, open plan home with views to the West. Located in a Heritage Zone and on a 276m2 section, a simple rectangle with a 45-degree roof was decided on. It was hoped that not only would it get the most out of the site, but that it would fit comfortably within its heritage location.

David Giles used different design approaches to create feelings of space, industrial and heritage.

“To get the feeling of space I decided to open the entire ground floor so it felt like the ground floor, front and rear courtyards are without restriction. To get the industrial feel inside we decided on litecrete tilt panels, which give great texture and surprising warmth to the interior, along with polished concrete for both floors and exposed steel beams. While to get the heritage feel outside, some of the tilt panels were imprinted with weatherboards and all of them with window surrounds,” said Giles.

Judges said ‘Queen Street’ was an example of how to do the exaggerated gable form well.

In addition to the regional and highly commended winners, six projects received Commended Awards from the Auckland/Northland region. They were ‘Tui House’ by Haden Kose of BK Design, ‘Riverview Road’ by Paul Spooner of Spooner Architectural Solutions Ltd, ‘Onehunga Bay’ by Mark McLeay of Creative Arch, ‘56 Brixton Road’ by David Maurice of LTD Architectural Design Studio, ‘Titirangi Retreat’ by Bert de Graaf of Lifestyle Architectural Services and ‘Daily Bread - heritage commercial renovation & fit-out’ by Michael Macfie, Macfie Architecture Ltd.

Gregory Watts, CEO of Architectural Designers New Zealand says the awards are a celebration of New Zealand’s architectural community and the innovative and inspiring work they create.

“The ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards were created to recognise the incredible talent of the architectural community in New Zealand – both architects and architectural designers. It is fantastic to see designers pushing themselves to design interesting, aspirational and superbly liveable solutions for the New Zealand environment. Well done to all the Auckland and Northland winners,” said Watts.