Nelson Hospice



  • Shortlisted Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects New Zealand Architecture Award – Public Architecture

  • Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects Nelson Marlborough Award; Public Architecture



  • ‘NZ Local Architecture Awards 2021’ Architecture New Zealand, September/October, pg 94

  • “Winners of the 2021 Local Architecture awards for two more regions inside”, Architecture Now,, 17.5.2021

  • Adrienne Matthews, ‘Te Kahui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) Local Architecture Awards’, Nelson Magazine, July 2021, pgs 60-63

Nelson Hospice was required to vacate its cramped inner-city site, co-located with Nelsons Private Surgical Hospital.

After extensive research and feasibility testing, a new site was selected in suburban Nelson. This site enabled: • Location at a mid-point between Nelsons two population hubs • Simple access to transport corridors • A large site enabling generous landscaping as a key design component. • Provision of generous vehicle access (for the first time in the facilities history) • The opportunity to explore a familiar domestic building typology in a more residential setting.

The facility provides a 10 bed in patient unit, but sought to expand Nelson’s Hospice ability to provide wider community needs: • Training and Education • Off-site care in the home • Counselling and Pastoral Care • Out-Patient or day stay care on site.

The key architectural question; How do we make a place, (that no-one really wants to go), inviting, uplifting and healing?

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