NZIA Local Award wins: Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland

Congratulations to our project teams and clients for their success at the 2021 New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) Auckland Architecture Awards. Three Jasmax projects won in four categories: Public Architecture, Heritage, Housing - Multi Unit and Interior Architecture.

Public Architecture and Heritage Awards: Te Ao Mārama South Atrium for Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga

Designed with FJMT, designTRIBE, along with Salmond Reed Architects

Jury citation for Public Architecture Award:
"Te Ao Mārama marks the arrival of an inclusive and collaborative approach to the storytelling of Tāmaki Herenga Waka. The new South Atrium renovation brings balance to the original European architecture, and embeds mana whenua and Pacific narratives into the museum’s civic spaces. Tikanga now guides welcome, arrival, orientation and kai. New boulevards connect Te Ao Mārama to the Māori Court, and the tanoa bowl form is fully realised with exquisite detailing. External works enhance the pedestrian experience of arrival and provides views to significant landforms. Te Ao Mārama sets a new precedent and lays down a challenge to all who visit it to see their museum, and their heritage, afresh." Visit the award page.

Jury citation for Heritage Award:
"This collaborative team has successfully unlocked the bicultural potential in a nationally significant heritage building. By engaging in meaningful consultation with diverse governance to meet public expectations, the collaborators have enhanced both the He Korahi Māori and Teu Le Va experiences. This thoughtful design responds to the proportions of the existing building with a heritage fabric that has been adaptively reused and refurbished, and successfully pieces together old and new. The new work enables a dialogue between New Zealand's colonial past and the present, and offers a path towards decolonisation." Visit the award page.

Housing - Multi Unit Award: 26 Aroha Ave

Jury citation: "26 Aroha Ave is a labour of love that shows what you can do when the bottom line is not the only driver. As the first development off the rank in a recently re-zoned high-density area, 26 Aroha risked being perceived as a bad neighbour. But instead, this new socially minded rental complex, where tenants live more like a family, gives back to the street through welcoming stoops where neighbours can meet. Efficient and straightforward planning with generous external circulation and shared space provides many opportunities for serendipitous encounters. The icing on the cake is a communal roof terrace where tenants do laundry, chill on the deck and entertain visitors. Here in Sandringham, the architects and ethical landlords have created a sustainable, affordable and joyful new way to live." Visit the award page.

Interior Architecture Award: DLA Piper Auckland Office Fitout

Jury citation: "The approach taken here is to gently subvert the rigour of the building’s grid and structural layout to create a seemingly organic and fluid arrangement of timber-lined spaces. Sinuous paths present view shafts to the city and harbour, while informal meeting and work spaces offer opportunities to enjoy the view. A clear delineation between front-of-house and back-of-house does not preclude a strong visual connection between the main office spaces and the views beyond. Staff amenities, including a parents’ room and a well-being room are located discreetly, and add up to a truly 21st-century office." Visit the award page.