2015 NZILA awards winner
Reset Urban Design picked up two awards at last week’s NZILA 2015 Pride of Place Awards.
Navy Museum Activity Zone won the award for ‘Outstanding Design: Cost to build under $200K’
Award citation – “A playful, functional and dynamic landscape on the edge of the Waitemata Harbour elegantly links the water and the Navy Museum; the site is one of those small jewels that frequent Auckland’s landscape sequestered in the lee of North Head. Reset Urban Design marshalled an array of naval memorabilia and motif that has inspired and defined spaces that are part playground, part courtyard and part pier. These three elements come together as one in a design and play space that has a unique and legible identity has been created against this historical maritime gem. What was a small, simple space between harbour and ‘boat shed’ is now a vibrant link between Devonport and its naval history”.
Hobson Bay: Adding Heart to the Bay won the award for ‘Visionary Landscape’
Award citation – “Adding Heart to the Bay’ shows a bold desire for betterment of the city and aims to reclaim the landscape that drew our ancestors here. It looks afresh at Hobson Bay with public access at its heart, reinstating a physical relationship with the water that has been degraded for generations. The judges were captivated by questioning nature of this scheme; not merely responding to a brief ‘Adding Heart to the Bay’ illustrates how a simple vision can capture the imagination. It shows us a blend of urban infrastructure with natural processes and the environment that heals past scars and creates a joyful place that we may truly want to spend time in rather than merely pass though. Aspirations of how we would want to live are so often overtaken by the practicalities of life; ‘Adding Heart to the Bay’ has shown us what we’re missing out on”.