Vinegar Lane wins national architecture award
Ponsonby’s Vinegar Lane was one of three winners in the Planning & Urban Design category at the NZIA’s New Zealand Architecture Awards held at Te Papa last Friday night;
“This is a leading, intelligent and innovative solution to a pressing contemporary challenge; the project is being progressively realised, and is resulting in a highly credible contribution to Auckland’s urban development”.
Brady Nixon of Progressive Enterprises – who’s day job is to deliver supermarkets – worked with Isthmus urban designers Gavin Lister and David Irwin, planner Mike Foster and lawyer Bronwyn Carruthers to conceive of a innovative development model for the balance land. The large lot not required for the Countdown development was subdivided into street facing sections with laneways opening up the interior of the site. A design guide was developed and individual resource consents granted for each of the freehold lots, prior to sale. Owners engaged their own architects who have worked within the urban design framework for Vinegar Lane to deliver individual buildings with 100% site coverage that collectively create a contemporary urban form for Auckland.
Vinegar Lane is a three-dimensional urban design framework made up from lines, words and a legal structure. It has been the individual owners and their architects that have created the variety and spontaneity of this authentic, mixed-use neighbourhood that fits with the fine-grain of the city-fringe suburb. We thank the NZIA judges for understanding this and awarding the project at this level.
Full project credits are on our website: http://isthmus.co.nz/project/vinegar-lane/