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This year the Wellington ADNZ | Resene Architectural Design Awards welcomed beautiful transformations of tired buildings into new and innovative spaces, along with some interesting new builds in stunning locations. Let's take a look at just a few…

Aurora Apartments by Graeme Boucher of Coast Edge Ltd in Petone won the Residential Multi-Unit Dwelling Architectural Design Award. The subtle design of this multi-unit building won over the judges who were particularly impressed with the modern glazed facade, which featured decks with panoramic views.

Glass walkways and splashes of colour helped to brighten the building, while the well positioned skylines maximised light throughout the rooms.

Nelson House by Peter Davis of AD Architecture, located in Wellington, won the Residential Alterations and Additions Architectural Design Award. This carefully renovated and restored home was a clear winner with the judges who commended the courageous design which saw the Victorian building restored to its former beauty.

Ocean Road House by Ben Gilpin of Gil-Plans Architecture in Paekakariki won the Residential New Home between 150m2 And 300m2 Architectural Design Award and a Resene Colour in Design Award.

The location of Ocean Road House provided a challenge for the designer, as it was located parallel to the beach, within a steep landscape. The judges commended the modern, open-plan home, which captured the picturesque seaside views. In particular, the judges found the designer made good use of a difficult site, without compromising the quality of the design.

ADNZ CEO, Astrid Andersen, said that Wellington always led from the front when it came to unique and pioneering projects.

"The city's passion for design is often evident in the region's eclectic entries. I think the many faces of the Wellington landscape plays a part in the distinctive style Wellington designers possess - from character homes to hill side houses and its cool inner city pads - Wellington has the lot."