Smart houses in awards
Work on Queenstown Lakes and Central Otago building designs was honoured at 2015 Southern Architecture Awards.
At an award’s ceremony, held in Dunedin on Friday, housing projects dominated the prize list receiving 12 of the 16 honours conferred in the awards.
Awards jury convenor Craig McAuliffe said the jury was inspired by the projects it visited in selecting winning entrants.
‘‘We saw how architects drew inspiration from the local landscape in producing designs closely linked to their particular sites.
‘‘These designs are unique – they’re appropriate in their form and function, and they combine quality materials with clever plans to express the emotive qualities of space.’’
Warren and Mahoney received four awards including for their work on a houses in Closeburn, near Queenstown, Kelvin Heights, and at Bremner Bay, near Wanaka.
Mason & Wales won an award in the Housing Multi-Unit for an Arrowtown design, and Crosson Clarke Carnachan Chin Architects and McCulloch Architects won awards in the house section for houses in the town.
In Wanaka, Assembly Architects’ Rammed Earth House were awarded for their house as was Lovell and O’Connell Architects and Sarah Ritchie Architect.
Wellington-based Tennent and Brown Architects were awarded a prize in the Commercial Architecture category for the Aro Ha¯ Wellness Retreat, near Glenorchy.
All the southern awards winners would be considered for 2015 New Zealand Architecture Awards, which will be announced in November.