Students shine at 21st Unbuilt Architecture Award

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15 May 2016
Students shine at 21st Unbuilt Architecture Award

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 21st AAA Unbuilt Architecture Awards in Auckland last night.

University of Auckland student Sacha Milojevic won $3000 and the trophy for best student project with his proposal for a military museum rooted in gun emplacement excavations. The judges commented that it created a compelling, mesmerising sequence of vaulted top-lit galleries which transcended its setting.

They also commended the student entries for their very high quality and awarded four ‘highly commendeds’ in addition to the runner-up prize of $1000 which went to Gordon Yung from Victoria University.

The Open Conceptual section with a prize of $5000 and trophy 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.

The judge’s described Patch Work Architectures winning entry in the Open Work-in-Progress section as "almost a Kiwi Eames house". They loved the unselfconscious dwelling for its refreshing simplicity and the bold experiment in planning using expansive verandahs as the sole means of circulation.They also received a $5000 cheque and trophy.

The judging panel this year comprised local architect Jack McKinney, University of Auckland architecture lecturer Bill McKay and guest international judge Tim Greer, from Sydney-based practice Tonkin Zulaikha Greer.

See the full list of winners here.

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