Social Housing & Public Architecture. HMOA Wins Two Architecture Awards
May 10, 2021Back to news
It was two out of two for HMOA at the 2021 NZIA Wellington Architecture Awards held on 6 May at the Embassy Theatre.
Te Awe took out an award for Public Architecture with the judges commenting, "... the architect deployed a design strategy to craft a public space that is generous in both spatial experience and quality".
"Te Awe Library is a welcoming public space for the community to make its own, whether as a living room, a study area, or a place to simply pause".
When accepting the award for Housing: Multi-Unit House for Kāinga Ora Hanson St Apartments, HMOA Director John Melhuish acknowledged the work of Project Architect Karl Wipatane. Watch a video with Karl discussing this project.
"This is a building that should give Kāinga Ora the confidence to create more of this desperately required density of housing," NZIA jury comment.
"Locating the building close to the street allows space for new communal garden spaces, as well as admitting maximum sunlight into homes and outdoor areas. The shared rear garden also provides a communal drying room that has quickly been claimed by the residents as a shared social space," Awards Jury.
The jury for the 2021 Wellington Architecture Awards was led by Andrew Sexton (Andrew Sexton Architecture) with Meiling Honson (Jasmax), Rodney Sampson (Warren & Mahoney), Mary Daish (Mary Daish Architect) and Nick Bevin (Nick Bevin Architect).