AUT Mana Hauora at NZIA Auckland Awards

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Amanda Kissling

The NZIA Auckland Branch Awards were held last night at the ASB Waterfront Theatre, recognising forty-three projects from across the Auckland region, in 12 categories.

The Mana Hauora (MH) Building at AUT’s South Campus was awarded in the Education and Interior Architecture Categories, also taking out a Resene Colour Award!

Here’s what the Jury had to say about the project:


“The deep reds held by the pleated and fluttering façades frame the green illuminated plane of the grassed courtyard,a welcome use of colour that enlivens AUT’s newly-established campus in south Auckland. A collection of generous spaces clearly privileges students and student life: ‘crush space’ areas double as event sites; circulation spreads into student ‘living’ areas; and lecture theatres are flexible and relaxed in layout. The loose orthogonal logic cleverly frees the building, and the institution it serves, from an overly authoritative reading.”

Interior Architecture

“The institutional approach to education is avoided through the provision of generous “living room” spaces at various scales along the circulation routes. Student break-out areas are privileged over structured teaching spaces, gaining optimum daylight, views, sun and orientation. Materials are hardy yet homely in this building that seems to embrace spontaneity rather than suppress or control it."

Resene Colour Award

“Deep red cladding panels complement the grassy green of the manicured lawn courtyard space. Internally, niches of brightly-lit colour sit alongside strong colour ranges, enlivening student living spaces and demarcating circulation areas. Subtle colour differences between main learning spaces, student areas and lecture theatre zones moderate the institutional atmosphere and contribute to a serious but relaxed learning environment.”

Congratulations to all winners and shortlisted projects. See the full list of winners here.

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