Smart houses in awards

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By CHE BAKER

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.

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