Architectural excellence recognised
Four Central Otago buildings were recognised at the New Zealand Architecture Award winners presented in Auckland on Friday night.
Aro Ha¯ Retreat by Tennent Brown Architects, in Glenorchy, was awarded in the commercial architecture section.
Judges said the Aro Ha¯ Retreat walks the ‘wellness’ talk through the restrained and considered nature of its architecture and a thorough-going commitment to sustainable design.
‘‘The sculpted forms of the buildings allude to the rocky outcrops of the local topography, and their siting – a necklace of structures laid out along a path – is suggestive of the Aro Ha¯ journey to wellbeing.’’
In the housing section Tom’s House by Anna-Marie Chin Architects, at Jack’s Point near Queenstown, was recognised.
‘‘Tom’s House is a very clever piece of work that meets the needs and relatively modest budget of the client while challenging the design rules and constraints of an upmarket residential estate near Queenstown,’’ judges said.
‘‘Spatially and formally rich, the building is inspired by the traditional shed, but the architect has twisted the type with an asymmetrical gable that creates dynamic elevations that relate to the local mountain landscape.’’
Also awarded in the housing section was The Wanaka House by Lovell and O’Connell Architects.
The bold and formally res- onant home revealed the architects’ close understanding of the owners’ lifestyle and interests, judges said.
A strong, protective roof is anchored to a wall in a manner reminiscent of the bivouac shelters pitched by the region’s pioneering settlers.
The central courtyard is an excellent organising principle and fine amenity for an active retired couple. The house is inventive but its design and strong, simple material palette acknowledges a local variant of New Zealand’s 1970s architectural tradition.
In small project architecture, the Cardrona Hut by RTA Studio was said to be a ‘‘delightful little building’’.
Judge’s said it was an accomplished exercise in sufficiency and an evocative and immediately appealing piece of domestic architecture.
‘‘The hut proclaims...that small can be beautiful.’’
The Wanaka House by Lovell and O’Connell Architects was recognised at the NZ Architecture Awards on Friday night.