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Dogbox, loo, and museum share Unbuilt Architecture spotlight

MMAT - Sacha Milojevic Student winner, Unbuilt Architecture Awards Awaroa Lighthouse - Nick Roberts, Henry Stephens & Jansen Aui Open Conceptual winner, Unbuilt Architecture Awards Dogbox - Patch Work Architecture Open Work-in-Progress winner, Unbuilt Architecture Awards

A residential home known as the dogbox, a military museum and the witty re-imagining of an underground lavatory shared the top honours at the 2012 AAA Unbuilt Architecture Awards in Auckland last week.

University of Auckland student Sacha Milojevic won $3,000 and the trophy for best student project with a proposal for a military museum rooted in gun emplacement excavations.

Judges also awarded four ‘highly commendeds’ in addition to the runner-up prize of $1,000 which went to Gordon Yung from Victoria University.

The Open Conceptual section with a prize of $5,000 was won by design trio Nick Roberts, Henry Stephens and Jansen Aui for their Awaroa lighthouse proposal. Judges described the design as "exciting and beautiful, taking the mythology of the lighthouse to create a luminous interior world and an engaging object in the landscape".

Entries had to deal with an aspect of the built environment and while not necessarily the result of an actual commission, they must be a solution to a design problem.

The new Open Work-in-Progress category for real-world projects was won by Patch Work Architecture for 'Dogbox', and judges praised the dwelling for its refreshing simplicity and the bold experiment in planning using expansive verandahs as the sole means of circulation.

The full list of winners:

Student

MMAT - Sacha Milojevic, University of Auckland

Runner up

Proximity + Architecture - Gordon Yung, Victoria University

Highly commended

The construction of Wynyard Island and its Urban Littoral - Frances Cooper, University of Auckland

End of the Road - Oli Booth, Victoria University

Panoptical Ground - Marianne Calvelo, University of Auckland

Food for Thought:  Architecture as educator - Melania Paul, University of Auckland

Open Conceptual

Awaroa Lighthouse - Nick Roberts, Henry Stephens & Jansen Aui

Runner up

Installation Space - Graeme Burgess, Lilli Knight & Michael Strange, Burgess & Treep Architects

Highly commended

BLOCK - The Block Foundation

Open Work In Progress

Dogbox - Patchwork Architecture

Runner up

Titirangi Red House - Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects

Highly commended

Red House - RTA Studio

Opus Architecture - Eqo Leung