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Social Housing & Public Architecture. HMOA Wins Two Architecture Awards


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Te Awe library
Te Awe Library, photo: Andy Spain
Te Awe library
Te Awe Library for Wellington City Council

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 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."

Te Awe Library took out an award for Public Architecture, while Kāinga Ora Hanson St Apartments won for Housing: Multi-Unit House.

Congratulations to all the winners featured on the NZ Institute of Architects, Architecture Now and on Stuff.


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. 

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Hanson St social housing for Kāinga Ora. Photo: Andy Spain

This is a building that should give Kāinga Ora the confidence to create more of this desperately required density of housing," NZIA jury comment.

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). 

An artist studio for HMOA's Graphic Designer, Jacqui Colley, was also celebrated with an award for Small Project Architecture. Colley Studio was designed by Tse: Wallace Architects.

Colley studio
Jacqui Colley's studio designed by Tse Wallace Architects

Locating the building close to the street allows space for new communal garden spaces, as well as maximum sunlight into homes and outdoor areas

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Hanson St Apartment deck. Photo: Francis Lim