Gallery wins top award

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

The Auck­land Art Gallery has been recog­nised as one of the world’s best build­ings at an in­ter­na­tional ar­chi­tec­ture fes­ti­val.

The gallery took the ti­tle of World Build­ing of the Year at the es­teemed World Ar­chi­tec­ture Fes­ti­val in Sin­ga­pore.

It is a huge win for the gallery which was mod­ernised fol­low­ing a nine-year re­de­vel­op­ment that was com­pleted in 2011.

The project was jointly un­der­taken by Aus­tralian firm Fran­cis-Jones More­hen Thorp and Auck­land stu­dio Archi­me­dia.

It was led by for­mer gallery di­rec­tor Chris Saines.

Cur­rent di­rec­tor Rhana Deven­port says since the ex­pan­sion and restora­tion the gallery has at­tracted more than a mil­lion through its doors.

‘‘Our build­ing is cher­ished not only by the de­sign com­mu­nity, but by peo­ple from all cul­tures and walks of life,’’ she says.

‘‘We are truly hon­oured to have such a mag­nif­i­cent home for the most com­pre­hen­sive col­lec­tion of New Zealand art in the world.’’

The World Ar­chi­tec­ture Fes­ti­val judges com­mended the ‘‘highly sen­si­tive’’ ad­di­tion to the gallery, say­ing it re­an­i­mates and rein­vig­o­rates the build­ing.

‘‘It re­sponds bril­liantly to con­text and site and gives the gallery a new ar­chi­tec­tural iden­tity.’’

Since the re­de­vel­op­ment the gallery has re­ceived 16 ar­chi­tec­tural and four de­sign-re­lated awards.


Out­stand­ing: The Auck­land Art Gallery has won the World Build­ing of the Year ti­tle at the World Ar­chi­tec­ture Fes­ti­val in Sin­ga­pore.

Gallery di­rec­tor Rhana Deven­port

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