2013 New Zealand Architecture Awards Winner
School of Music
The School of Music at the University of Auckland is an inventive and joyful work of architecture that, 30 years after its construction, continues to communicate a sense of delight. Presenting a wall to the din of a busy road, the building opens up around a light-filled interior courtyard in a witty and knowing Post-modern take on the traditional Oxbridge College quadrangle. Adroit planning makes for an elegant passage though the building’s sociable spaces, especially via clever and well-proportioned stairs. It is to be hoped that the University recognizes the value of this gem in its possession, and takes care to ensure its survival.