Fire sta­tion among ar­chi­tec­ture win­ners

Central Otago Mirror - - VOLUNTEER WEEK - STAFF RE­PORTER

The new Wanaka Vol­un­teer Fire Sta­tion is among 17 ex­cep­tional projects to be recog­nised at the South­ern Ar­chi­tec­ture Awards on Fri­day night.

Judges said the fire sta­tion, de­signed by Ma­son and Wales Ar­chi­tects ‘‘de­lighted the client and im­pressed the vis­it­ing jury.

‘‘It ex­em­pli­fies the value of good ar­chi­tec­ture ap­plied to a util­i­tar­ian use.’’

Of the projects recog­nised, 11 were houses. Nine were new homes, one was an ad­di­tion and al­ter­ation project and one was in the small project cat­e­gory.

Jury con­vener Michael Wy­att said ar­chi­tects had achieved much with mod­est bud­gets in the hous­ing cat­e­gories.

Su­mich Chap­lin Ar­chi­tects was, over­all, the most suc­cess­ful prac­tice in the awards pro­gramme with three hous­ing awards - at Close­burn Sta­tion, Mill­brook and the western edge of Lake Wanaka.

‘‘In each in­stance, the jury was im­pressed with the prac­tice’s knowl­edge and mas­tery of Cen­tral Otago’s ar­chi­tec­tural ver­nac­u­lar and with the ways that the build­ings had been ma­nip­u­lated to pro­vide a frame­work to the scenery be­yond,’’ Wy­att said.

Ar­row­town’s As­sem­bly Ar­chi­tects im­pressed the jury with two hous­ing projects - the Saw­tooth house, which looks across the Sho­tover River and a home at Beacon Point, in Wanaka.

The win­ners of South­ern Ar­chi­tec­ture Awards are el­i­gi­ble for short­list­ing in the New Zealand Ar­chi­tec­ture Awards, the re­sults of which are an­nounced in early Novem­ber.

PHOTO: JAMIE COBEL

Wanaka Fire Sta­tion by Ma­son and Wales Ar­chi­tects was recog­nised in the South­ern Ar­chi­tec­ture Awards.

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