2023 New Zealand Architecture Awards Winner
Dorset Street Flats
This is an extraordinary project to preserve and revitalise a significant piece of New Zealand's architectural history. Initially aimed at repairing earthquake damage, the project eventually shifted to upgrading the flats to modern living standards, while respecting their heritage status. The jury was impressed by the architect's determination to save the building from demolition (which was proposed by insurance companies), praising their “amazing tenacity” and “extremely sensitive major interventions”. The project also received commendation for enhancing thermal comfort, making the flats models for small-space living. Notably, the restoration had the support of its tenants and serves as a mid-century example of co-housing, further justifying its preservation.