2016 New Zealand Architecture Awards Winner
Fortieth & Hurstmere
From nothing, the architect has produced a result that’s quite something. In a transformational exercise, an unprepossessing building has been excavated to yield a lively internal laneway lined with cafés and restaurants. The scale is sympathetic, the materials are well-chosen and various, and the laneway spaces, including a small courtyard, work well. As much as anything, the project is a small essay in urban design, and it offers welcome depth and diversity to a shopping centre surrounded to the front and rear by cars.