Herriot Melhuish O’Neill Architects - Wellington, Christchurch, Auckland, Tauranga

161 Cuba St


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Two spacious, light-filled penthouse apartments are an exciting addition to Wellington's apartment market, providing contemporary, inner-city living.

Both apartments (one two-bedroom, the other three) are north-facing with sun and views optimised. HMOA faced a challenging resource consent process, finding clever solutions to maximise space within the heritage requirements. The facade is set back to create wrap around decks and enhance privacy. The materials palate is sensitive to the existing building and includes a combination of zinc, cedar and Swiss pearl cement sheet. 

"Shows the way forward for sensitive urban renewal,"NZIA Jury, Wellington Awards 2019. 

Read more about this project and the history of the building on our blog.

Photos: Andy Spain. 
Awards: NZIA Wellington Award 2019.


HMOA also designed two interior fit-outs for tenants in the building, with Creature Design's interior winning both a 2018 NZIA Award and a Best Design Award.

The project included seismic strengthening of the existing grade 2 heritage-listed building that was originally designed by Wellington architect Joseph McClatchie Dawson and built in 1911.