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Situated among rows of traditional villas in the heart of Ponsonby, Buildology had to get clever with this renovation

While still cozy, the living space is now much better utilised


Architect: Allan McIntosh of Buildology Ltd

Situated among rows of traditional villas in the heart of Ponsonby, 17 O’Neill Street was built circa 1900s. The existing layout was tight and maze like, with the North facing sun wasted on non-living area rooms. A late addition lean-to was opened up and an open plan living space designed in line with Auckland Council’s Special Character zoning overlay. Judges’ comments: A villa worthy of heritage retention.

Restoration has attempted to respect some of the original character, via architrave retention and showcasing original floorboards. Further improvements have been made by evening out of ceiling heights, allowing more light into the living areas, and re-use of existing bricks as a feature wall.

Resene judge comments: What a beautiful Villa! The neutral palette flows effortlessly throughout to create a fresh and inviting space. It is clearly evident that precise consideration has been taken to piece together all of stunning elements. The consistent smoky tones contrast with each other to create a beautiful and harmonious home.

About the awards


Every year, the ADNZ | Resene Architectural Design Awards recognize outstanding, creative and innovative residential, commercial, alterations and multi-use projects designed by ADNZ (Architectural Designers New Zealand) members throughout New Zealand. Architectural Designers New Zealand (ADNZ) is a leading professional body for architects and architectural designers in New Zealand. Visit for more information.

The 2017 ADNZ | Resene Architectural Design Awards panel included Michael Davis Director of Architecture Programmes at the University of Auckland, new judge Melanda Slemint and past ADNZ Supreme Award winner, Graeme Boucher.

First published date: 06 July 2017

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