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:
MMAT - Sacha Milojevic, University of Auckland
Proximity + Architecture - Gordon Yung, Victoria University
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
Awaroa Lighthouse - Nick Roberts, Henry Stephens & Jansen Aui
Installation Space - Graeme Burgess, Lilli Knight & Michael Strange, Burgess & Treep Architects
BLOCK - The Block Foundation
Open Work In Progress
Dogbox - Patchwork Architecture
Titirangi Red House - Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects
Red House - RTA Studio
Opus Architecture - Eqo Leung