At the back of Cornwall Park in Hastings is a show home put together like a giant, stunning puzzle.

It's known as the Modhouse, and it's now won Hawke's Bay architects John and Nikki McNamara an award for their contribution to the city.

The McNamaras were picked as the Hastings District Council's architecture winner in its 2019 Landmarks Awards.

The honour was in recognition of the contribution of "modhouse" to promoting the district's image, identity, sense of place and civic pride.


John said it was "pretty great" to be recognised so soon after the completion of the modhouse show home,