2018 New Zealand Architecture Awards Winner
The planning and design of Vinegar Lane shows there is a viable alternative, in a city confronting more intense habitation, to low-density suburbia and monolithic multi-unit development. The mini-precinct of small free-hold lots, fully occupied by four-storey buildings, organised around a central laneway achieves a nice balance between design coherence and individual expression, and the provision for mixed-use activity at ground level is totally in keeping with the character of a vibrant neighbourhood. This award recognises the preparation of an urban design ‘form book’ which was consented prior to individual designs being undertaken. This is a leading, intelligent and innovative solution to a pressing contemporary challenge; the project is being progressively realised, and is resulting in a highly credible contribution to Auckland’s urban development.