‘Coastal beauty’ scoops award
A stunning house overlooking Piha — described as “a sensitively designed retreat that pays due respect to the wild beauty of Auckland’s west coast” — has won big at the New Zealand Architecture Awards.
Herbst Architects last night won the Sir Ian Athfield Award for Housing, one of 17 prizes presented at Wellington’s Te Papa Tongarewa by the NZ Institute of Architects.
The jury was glowing in its praise of the Kawakawa House design.
As well as respecting the area’s “wild beauty”, the jury said: “Occupation must
be a pleasure, no matter what the season or the weather. The house connects just as well to the po¯hutukawa forest in which it sits, as to the beach it overlooks.”
The architects said the property was down a right-of-way but an existing twostorey house in front obscured ocean views from the lower level and the site was over-hung by trees so was sunchallenged.
All the living areas were on the upper level to provide views and bring in more light.
Devonport-based Jeremy Salmond of Salmond Reed Architects won the gold medal which recognised his outstanding career in heritage and conservation, acknowledging work on buildings as historically and architecturally important as Kerikeri’s Stone Store and Russell’s Pompallier House.
Vinegar Lane — the Ponsonby office/ retail/residential scheme by Isthmus Group — won an award for Planning and Urban Design.
The judges said it “showed there is a viable alternative in a city confronting more intense habitation, to low-density
suburbia and monolithic multi-unit development”.
Warren and Mahoney’s work on the Waterview Connection was deemed “a qualitative advance in the design execution of New Zealand infrastructure projects”, also receiving an award for planning and urban design.
Two Christchurch earthquakereplacement buildings won notable awards: St Andrew’s College Centennial Chapel by Architectus won a public architecture prize and Cathedral Grammar Junior School by Andrew Barrie Lab and Japan’s Tezuka Architects won in the education category.
All the living areas of the Piha house — designed by Herbst Architects — are on the upper level to provide views and bring in more light.
St Andrew’s College Centennial Chapel in Christchurch, by Architectus, won a public architecture prize.