There's more than meets the eye when judging the Gisborne Hawke's Bay Architecture Awards and four Hawke's Bay houses have proven just that.

The modern homes, along with two public buildings in Gisborne, have all received awards for their design, with convener and Napier architect Tessa Fenwick saying the six award-winners were excellent examples of architecture from the region.

A house in Durham Drive, Havelock North, is one of four winners for its design in the Hawke's Bay Architecture Awards. Photo / Supplied.
A house in Durham Drive, Havelock North, is one of four winners for its design in the Hawke's Bay Architecture Awards. Photo / Supplied.

Napier's Dwell Architecture designed two of the winning abodes, including River House, which sits on a plateau looking out to Te Mata Peak.

The judging panel said that from a distance the house looked like a barn or shed nestled into

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