2021 Wellington Architecture Awards Winner
Castor Crescent Kāinga Ora Development
This Porirua East redevelopment provides a mix of social housing, from single-occupant homes to five-bedroom family dwellings. The clients wanted to avoid terraced housing, and the resulting arrangement of buildings and spaces creates privacy, makes room for clearly legible front doors, and admits sunlight into each home. The smaller one-bedroom homes face the pedestrianised street and communal barbecue area, providing passive surveillance of public areas while encouraging interaction for these solo residents. As one of the first Kāinga Ora projects to achieve a 6 Homestar rating, these healthy homes will create long-term benefits for residents. This project reaffirms that well-considered architecture can be achieved and enjoyed by all, not just those who can afford it.