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