Gallery wins top award
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