2020 Auckland Architecture Awards Winner
Grafton Hall The University of Auckland
Student accommodation needs to be carefully planned: it can be lonely to be away from the comforts of home for the first time, but it’s also an exciting time, with opportunities to meet new people and enjoy new freedoms. On this site, students who were previously housed in a rather grim nine-storey tower are now dispersed around a series of low-rise blocks. Set amid generous landscaped spaces and sheltered courtyards, these buildings encourage easy social interaction as students move around and through the complex. A more domestic scale, ample natural light and ventilation, and well-planned and articulated access routes across the site help to create a sustainable community.