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HMOA Projects Shortlisted for NZ Institute of Architects Awards

April 29, 2020

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Eight HMOA projects are in the running for the 2020 Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) Local Awards, six in Wellington and two in Canterbury.

Four of our houses are shortlisted, one is a new home on the Kapiti Coast and the others are significant house alterations: additions to a Karori home in Wellington, which HMOA had also worked on 10 years earlier for the same client; a Fendalton House restoration to an earthquake-damaged home; and a sensitive renovation to a mid-century Paul Pascoe house in Sumner.

Sumner House 21

Additions to this 1960s home, originally designed by Paul Pascoe, accommodate a growing family

Waikanae House II exterior

A new home, Waikanae House II, is shortlisted for the NZIA Wellington awards

Both HMOA projects for Wellington's Harbour City Centre Annex have been selected. One was a three year project to restrengthen and refurbish the heritage-listed building itself, the other is the interior fit-out for the main tenant, global financial tech company, FNZ. Colour was used to defines each floor with specially commissioned artworks by local artists Gina KielD Side and Sean Duffel, adding a sense of depth to the darkest spaces in the office. HMOA continues to work with construction company LT McGuinness to complete Wellington's largest pop-up library, opening soon on the ground floor of the Harbour City Centre.

FNZ stairs and lights v2FNZ fit-out, three floors of offices with stunning internal stairway, stretch the width of a city block

The NZIA Wellington jury was made up of architects Michael O’Brien, Shani Nelson, Gerrad Hall and Landscape Architect, Robin Simpson, led by convenor, architect Shauna Herminghouse.

Shauna commented that it was great to see strong entries in the multi-unit category of the awards, "This is a type of housing that we badly need in Wellington, and we need it to be done well".


135 Jackson St, Petone, apartments and retail, a finalist in the Heritage category.

Hanson St Apartments Wellington 5

HMOA's Hanson St Apartments in Wellington made the shortlist in Multi-Unit Housing.

The COVID-19 lockdown has meant that site visits to shortlisted projects by juries around the country have been put on hold. Stay tuned.

Photos: Andy Spain.