2020 Nelson/Marlborough Architecture Awards Winner
Betts Apartments is the first large-scale residential development in central Nelson. A protective southern elevation, pushed to the street edge, coupled with concealed basement carparking, frees the centre of the site to provide a private open space for residents. Viewed from this space, structure, texture, and materials combine artfully to form a series of coherent elevations. Protected balconies are integrated with the north and western façades to increase living areas and maximise sun and aspect. In particular, the architects have taken good advantage of opportunities to gain views to the city and the green spaces of Pikimai (Church Hill).