2019 New Zealand Architecture Awards Winner
Ellen Melville Centre and Freyberg Place
A collaborative place-making process involving architect, landscape architect and artist has produced an urban amphitheatre that is a welcome oasis in the cityscape of downtown Auckland. The project connects Freyberg Place, now animated by a cascade of north-facing stairs, with the sensitively renovated Ellen Melville Centre, the listed historic building designed by Tibor Donnor in the early 1960s, and brings square and building together as a unified composition. The playful intent of the design for Freyberg Place has been realised successfully, and its busy but relaxed occupation is testament to the popularity of this valuable civic asset.