2020 Auckland Architecture Awards Winner
Hihiaua Cultural Centre
This cultural centre was delivered after a comprehensive co-design process with the community, an exercise that was integral in the realisation of a building used and valued by that community. A series of spaces break off a linear loggia or porch, raised slightly off the ground so that its edge can serve as a seat when, for example, people are engaged in weaving. Every centimetre of this centre is carefully designed and constructed. It’s not every day you get to design a building next to an awa, with a gantry which can, once a waka is carved, hoist it up and lower it into the river. This is a rich response with a meaningful ending. Tēnā rawa atu koe, Craig Moller, for this great piece of architecture.