2015 Auckland Architecture Awards Winner
Sometimes it is possible to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear, in this case an undistinguished commercial building in the heart of Ponsonby Road’s densest restaurant and retail zone. The solution was to fabricate an elegant, lace-like screen that reintegrates the building with the street frontage, creating an almost Medina-like veil. Behind the screen the courtyard space has achieved refinement and enclosure. From the street, the ugly, dissonant gap created by an insensitive earlier development has been healed by a structure of simple beauty.