Cel­e­brat­ing Auck­land ar­chi­tec­ture

Central Leader - - News -

Homes, offices, pub­lic and her­itage build­ings and even a treehouse were cel­e­brated at this year’s Auck­land ar­chi­tec­ture awards.

The awards were an­nounced last night and in­cluded win­ners from through­out Auck­land across 10 cat­e­gories cho­sen from more than 100 en­tries.

Among the win­ners were the seven storey, five tower Iron­bank de­vel­op­ment on Karanga­hape Rd, de­signed by RTA Stu­dios.

The build­ing, which has re­tail and of­fice spa­ces, won four awards in­clud­ing com­mer­cial and sus­tain­able ar­chi­tec­ture cat­e­gories, as well as the ur­ban de­sign award and the Re­sene colour award.

The struc­ture was de­scribed by the judges as “cre­ated to an in­ter­na­tional stan­dard, from the com- pletely 007 carpark up­wards”.

The NZI Cen­tre in the cen­tral city by Jas­max scooped three awards in the com­mer­cial, sus­tain­able and in­te­rior ar­chi­tec­ture cat­e­gories.

Beau­mont Quar­ter by Stu­dio Pa­cific Ar­chi­tec­ture won in the ur­ban de­sign cat­e­gory and Via Cen­tro by Herbst Ar­chi­tects and the Win­ter­gar­den at the North­ern Club by Fearon Hay Ar­chi­tects was hon­oured in the com­mer­cial ar­chi­tec­ture cat­e­gory.

Other cen­tral Auck­land win­ners in­clude Ho­tel De­Brett in the her­itage cat­e­gory, the Auck­land War Memo­rial Mu­seum and the AUT Lec­ture The­atre and Con­fer­ence Cen­tre in the pub­lic ar­chi­tec­ture cat­e­gory.

Win­ners in the res­i­den­tial cat­e­gories were the Cook House in Free­mans Bay, the Stam­ford Res­i­dences on Al­bert St and Hall Houses in Pon­sonby.

Else­where in Auck­land, the Yel­low Pages Treehouse restau­rant and Wiroa Sta­tion Beach Lodge both won in the small project cat­e­gory.

Judg­ing panel con­vener Mario Ma­dayag says it was en­cour­ag­ing to see ex­cel­lent ar­chi­tec­ture be­ing ap­plied to com­mer­cial build­ings and an em­pha­sis on sus­tain­able el­e­ments.

All lo­cal win­ners are now el­i­gi­ble for the New Zealand ar­chi­tec­ture awards de­cided by a na­tional jury early next year.

Fi­nal­ists for the pres­ti­gious New Zealand ar­chi­tec­ture medal will be an­nounced at the New Zealand In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tects an­nual gala din­ner in May.

Iron mas­ter­piece: The five-tower Iron­bank build­ing on Karanga­hape Rd, de­signed by RTA Stu­dio, has won sev­eral cat­e­gories at the Auck­land ar­chi­tec­ture awards.

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