Herriot Melhuish O’Neill Architects - Wellington, Christchurch, Auckland, Tauranga

HMOA wins 2023 Wellington architecture award


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Our Petone Townhouses project, also known as the Seaborne development, was a winner at the New Zealand Institute of Architects Wellington Architecture Awards.

Petone townhouses roofline

Accentuated gable-end details and window shrouds are deployed across a range of typologies, successfully creating depth and unique façade compositions, while subtle stepping between the forms differentiates individual units.

Adjacent to the Petone foreshore, this multi-unit townhouse development addresses its prominent street frontage with low-fenced courtyards and considered façade articulation, while also providing a desirable combination of multiple private outdoor spaces and spacious interior living amenities.


The spacious interiors feel very liveable and private.

Entry to each unit directly from the street or central car parking courtyard further connects this new development to the surrounding streetscape."

—NZIA awards jury, led by Karl Wipatane.


Petone townhouses v2

HMOA director John Melhuish says the development features 32 two and three-bedroom townhouses built around a central courtyard and that inspiration came from the roof forms of Petone's residential and industrial past: gable, sawtooth and parapet.


Petone from above

Other winners in the multi-unit category were Erskine by Common and Block Party by Spacecraft Architects.

Seaborne was developed by Cornerstone and constructed by Ironhorse.

Photos: Andy Spain