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Winning colour

14 May 2014

This playful and colourful reworking of inner-city council apartments won the Housing category of the 2014 New Zealand Architecture Awards last week. Finished in various Resene colours, the Central Park Apartments in Wellington, by Novak + Middleton also won an award in the Resene Total Colour Awards late last year.

As the judge’s citation says: “A tired and socially dysfunctional Council apartment complex has been transformed by means of intelligent re-organisation and relatively minor structural alterations. The original 1960s architecture has been given due respect, but its scale has been broken down and articulated on a more sympathetic scale... This is a good story of architecture having a positive impact on hundreds of lives.”

The overall winner and recipient of the 2014 New Zealand Architecture Medal was the ASB North Wharf building in Auckland by BVN Donovan Hill and Jasmax. For more, see

Photograph by Paul McCredie

Published: 14 May 2014