2017 Auckland Architecture Awards Winner
AUT Mana Hauora (MH) Building
The deep reds held by the pleated and fluttering façades frame the green illuminated plane of the grassed courtyard, a welcome use of colour that enlivens AUT’s newly-established campus in south Auckland. A collection of generous spaces clearly privileges students and student life: ‘crush space’ areas double as event sites; circulation spreads into student ‘living’ areas; and lecture theatres are flexible and relaxed in layout. The loose orthogonal logic cleverly frees the building, and the institution it serves, from an overly authoritative reading.