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November 19, 2012

2012 Winners – AAA Cavalier Bremworth 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 21st AAA Unbuilt Architecture Awards in Auckland on Thursday at a packed St Paul St Gallery.

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 Jasen 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 Archtiecture’s 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. Sally 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.

The full list of winners:


Institution Project, Sacha Milojevic University of Auckland, MMAT

A contained introspective world of gravitas has been created with this proposal for a military museum.  Rooted in gun emplacement excavations and circular rock erosions it transcends these origins to create a compelling, mesmerising sequence of vaulted top-lit galleries.

Gordon Yung, Victoria University, Proximity + Architecture

This  poetic proposal creates a new typology for the urban environment.  It investigates vertical agriculture  for the enrichment of the city.  In-depth research followed by thorough testing made this project a very engaging  proposition.

Highly Commended:
Frances Cooper, University of Auckland, The construction of Wynyard Island and its Urban Littoral
Oli Booth, Victoria University, End of the Road
Marianne Calvelo, University of Auckland, Panoptical Ground
Melanie Paul, University of Auckland, Food for Thought: Architecture as educator

Open Conceptual

Nick Roberts, Henry Stephens & Jansen Aui, Awaroa Lighthouse

Exciting and beautiful, the judges were immediately drawn to this proposal.  It takes the mythology of the lighthouse to create a luminous interior world and an engaging object in the landscape.

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

A witty re-imagining of an underground lavatory, the Wellesley St womens toilets, as an impromptu installation space.   A play on the voyeuristic  – patrons are invited to gaze into a new public event space, inverting expectations.

Highly Commended
The Block Foundation, BLOCK

Open Work-In-Progress

Patch Work Architecture, Dogbox

Almost a Kiwi Eames house, this unselfconscious dwelling is refreshing in its simplicity.  A bold experiment in planning using expansive verandahs as the sole means of circulation and the house’s expression.  A brave commitment by these young designers to build this house is to be celebrated.

Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects, Titirangi Red House

This vertically oriented house located in a bush setting is playful within a compact and economical form.  By locating the circulation to the exterior, the inhabitants engage with the trees as they move up through the levels.  In short, a grown-up tree house.

Highly Commended
RTA Studio, Red House
Eqo Leung, Opus Architecture, University of Waikato – Law & Management School



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