Shops, theatre win ar­chi­tec­ture awards

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

The ASB Theatre and Pon­sonby’s Mack­elvie St Shop­ping Precinct have been recog­nised at the 2013 Auck­land Ar­chi­tec­ture Awards.

The best of Auck­land’s ar­chi­tec­tural work, from res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial to pub­lic and school build­ings, was cel­e­brated last week.

The win­ning shop­ping site be­tween Pollen and Mack- elvie streets with frontages on Pon­sonby Rd, owned by Sam­son Cor­po­ra­tion, was de­signed by RTA Stu­dio.

The build­ings ref­er­ence the Vic­to­rian and Ed­war­dian shops in the neigh­bour­hood, the judges say.

RTA Stu­dio di­rec­tor Rich Naish says it is sat­is­fy­ing to see the build­ing recog­nised lo­cally and glob­ally.

‘‘We set out to make a build­ing that felt com­fort­able in the con­text of Pon­sonby’s his­tory, the now and the fu­ture,’’ he says.

Ar­chof­fice won an award for its ma­jor work on the Aotea Cen­tre’s ASB Theatre re­fur­bish­ment.

The two-year, $15 mil­lion ren­o­va­tion project was com­pleted in April.

Good look­ing: The award-win­ning Mack­elvie St Shop­ping Precinct in Pon­sonby.

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