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.

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