“Local Architecture Awards honour the best new architecture in each of the NZIA’s eight regional branches.”
53-55 Symonds Street
NZIA Auckland Branch Jury’s blurb:
Design opportunities to benefit the building’s users and pedestrians have been found within the tight, restrictive business model generally used for student accommodation. Generous social spaces across two ground levels on the sloping site provide innovation within a typology that has much room for improvement. Views through the building from Symonds Street to the urban valley beyond enhance the pedestrian experience as well as establishing a connection for the students and the city they may be new to. The building “turns the corner well”, with the expressed structural exoskeleton providing an overall aesthetic as well as serving as a space-saving device.