2021 Auckland Architecture Awards Winner
26 Aroha Ave
26 Aroha Ave is a labour of love that shows what you can do when the bottom line is not the only driver. As the first development off the rank in a recently re-zoned high-density area, 26 Aroha risked being perceived as a bad neighbour. But instead, this new socially minded rental complex, where tenants live more like a family, gives back to the street through welcoming stoops where neighbours can meet. Efficient and straightforward planning with generous external circulation and shared space provides many opportunities for serendipitous encounters. The icing on the cake is a communal roof terrace where tenants do laundry, chill on the deck and entertain visitors. Here in Sandringham, the architects and ethical landlords have created a sustainable, affordable and joyful new way to live.