Stunning church conversion among ADNZ regional winners

The best of the new and old – winners in the Wellington/Wairarapa ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards include a converted church in Petone.

Wesley Residences by Grant Clarke won the Residential Multi-Unit Dwelling Architectural Design Award with the conversion of the Wesley Church into luxury apartments.

Clarke says the design needed to represent the original church, which was built in 1883, with a clear distinction between old and new. Judges said the derelict church had been skilfully resurrected as three individual units, with salvaged elements given pride of place in the new apartments.

The design of the conversion former Wesley Church in Petone, by Grant Clarke of Moore Design, took out a major ADNZ Wellington regional award. The project won the Residential Multi-Unit Dwelling Architectural Design Award.

Project developer Tony Cook told Stuff the project was inspired by restored colonial villas in the Auckland suburb of Ponsonby. He said he wanted to do his bit to preserve the character of the Lower Hutt suburb which has a number of early buildings and houses.

Originally published by stuff.co.nz