2019 Auckland Architecture Awards Winner
Te Onekiritea/Hobsonville Point Masterplan
Hobsonville Point was conceived more than a decade ago as a new model development for Auckland, a place of mixed communities, with highly desirable compact housing and a full range of modern amenities. From the start the development process was highly politicised, bringing uncertainty and compromise and making masterplanning a fraught business. Nevertheless, Isthmus has risen to the challenge with a deep commitment to making human-scale spaces for people to live and play in, and for many residents to work in too. The area’s heritage as an air base has been honoured throughout, and the potential of the environment has been well explored, with a growing network of paths for walking and cycling amid rejuvenating wetlands and along one of the city’s most gorgeous coastlines. The masterplanning process has involved civic design panels throughout, along with local and central government agencies, and has always been a work in progress. The goal is that every good idea in one phase leads to a new, even better iteration in the next. Hobsonville Point has the bones to become a superb place for contemporary urban living, with all the benefits of being close to both town and country, and the Isthmus masterplan has been critical to that. They’re so lucky to have it.