2019 New Zealand Architecture Awards Winner
Ngā Wai Hono, AUT School of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences (ECMS) Building
This complex building expresses AUT’s determination to maximise the potential of a tight and convoluted urban site by successfully combining insertion with integration. The ECMS building gives AUT a definite presence on Symonds Street, and achieves a welcome generosity via the impressive, light-filled common space of a 12-level atrium. The challenge of stitching together and linking the building with existing structures and the wider campus has been adroitly handled, and the goal of legibly demonstrating the didactic purpose of the building as a contemporary high-tech teaching and research facility has been commendably achieved.