'Pocket rocket' renovations rate highly in Taranaki-Manawatu Architecture Awards (Gallery)
All three winning housing projects in this year's NZIA Taranaki-Manawatu Architecture Awards are renovations.
The winners, which were in the Housing - Additions & Alterations category, include two smaller projects described as "pocket rocket renovations that offer high-quality design solutions to their clients".
One such "pocket rocket" is Villa Cuba, a small brick and glass addition to an existing Victorian villa. Palmerston North architect Agneesh Brahmbhatt, who led the awards jury, said this addition, designed by Black Pine Architects, was achieved with "modesty and simplicity".
"Some materials found on site were repurposed for the extension, and this allowed the narrative of the older house to continue into the new."
Brahmbhatt also praised Barbour House, an alteration project by Boon Goldsmith Bhaskar Brebner Team Architects (BGBBTA), and the way the architect has "cleverly held onto some of the existing 1970s coastal house and worked it into the new ensemble, lending it a sense of time and place and a pleasing humility".
BGBBTA also received a small project architecture award for Stratford District Council's Library Redevelopment, the jury was impressed by the way the library now opens up to the street on one side and the public plaza on the other to create a "living room for the town".
The full list of winners is as follows:
HOUSING – ALTERATIONS AND ADDITIONS
Barbour House by Boon Goldsmith Bhaskar Brebner Team Architects
Karina House by Gibbons Architects
Villa Cuba by Black Pine Architects
PKW Offices by Elliott Architects
Northern Health School by Stephenson & Turner
IVHQ Office by Boon Goldsmith Bhaskar Brebner Team Architects
PLANNING AND URBAN DESIGN
Massey Campus Development Plan by CCM Architects, McIndoe Urban and Isthmus
SMALL PROJECT ARCHITECTURE
Stratford District Council Library Redevelopment by Boon Goldsmith Bhaskar Brebner Team Architects