Highlights from the 2017 New Zealand Architecture Awards.
Presenting the winners of the 2017 New Zealand Architecture Awards.
Every year the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) sends a jury around the country to visit new works of architecture with the goal of choosing the best of the best for the 2017 New Zealand Architecture Awards. As usual, this year’s winners are an inspirational parade – although it would have been good to see some multi-unit housing projects among the line-up. We’ll start with the big winners – the ‘named’ awards, as the NZIA calls them – and then visit some highlights of the rest.
Sir Miles Warren Award for Commercial Architecture 1.
The Lodge at Kinloch Club by Patterson Associates ——— It’s a big year for the team at Pattersons, with founder Andrew Patterson picking up the
NZIA Gold Medal for lifetime achievement, and this project near Lake Taupoˉ taking out the supreme award for commercial architecture. The judges praised the building for the elegant way its mass is designed, the arrangement of windows and selection of views, as well as the overall atmosphere it offers its guests. Photographed by Simon Devitt
Ted Mccoy Award for Education 2.
Te Wharehou o Waikaremoana by Tennent Brown Architects ——— Wellington firm Tennent Brown picked up this prize for their work creating a new education and visitor centre at Lake Waikaremoana for Ngaiˉ Tuhoe.ˉ The judges admired the holistic, collaborative process that created the building, as well as its commitment to sustainable principles and the way it sits so beautifully in a spectacular landscape. Photographed by Andy Spain
Sir Ian Athfield Award for Housing 3.
Courtyard House, Point Chevalier by Guy Tarrant Architects ——— This house – designed by Guy Tarrant for himself and his family, and a finalist in HOME magazine’s 2017 Home of the Year – caught the eye of the judges for the way it gently bucks suburban convention, with a brick wall, clerestory window and garden to the street, and the house itself arranged around a courtyard with a pool. Photographed by Patrick Reynolds
John Scott Award for Public Architecture 4.
Bishop Selwyn Chapel by Fearon Hay Architects ——— We’ve featured this beautiful project in Parnell on our pages before, so it’s a pleasure to see it gain national recognition. Take the time to visit it yourself, round the back of the Holy Trinity Cathedral. It’s pure tranquility rendered in architectural form. Photographed by Patrick Reynolds
Commercial Architecture 5.
Australis Nathan by Peddle Thorp ——— Another well thought-through refurbishment, this Britomart project was praised for the way the architects opened access to both sides of the building, and for the “historicist whimsy” of the sgraffito treatment on the exterior at right. Photographed by Patrick Reynolds
Mason Bros by Warren & Mahoney ——— This Wynyard Quarter warehouse now has an exciting new life thanks to Warren & Mahoney, who also have their offices in the suspended, reflective box inside the refurbished building. The public can access the building’s generous internal laneway during office hours, so we urge you to stroll by for a look. Photographed by Dawid Wisniewski
Kauri Timber Building by Fearon Hay Architects ——— This Fanshawe Street building combines a refurbishment of an existing building and a new structure on what was once Auckland’s shoreline. The NZIA jury praised the project for its sensitive handling of the 19th century building, and the exterior treatment of the taller new addition. Photographed by Patrick Reynolds
Enduring Architecture 8.
151 Queen Street (1992) by Peddle Thorp Aitken ——— Each year, the NZIA jury recognises projects whose architectural qualities still shine through after more than 25 years. This
29-storey Queen Street icon was praised for its slender grace, generous floor plans and how its of-its-time beauty still hasn’t faded. Photographed by Patrick Reynolds
Small Project Architecture 9.
Waiheke Gateway Pavilion by Stevens Lawson Architects ——— Designed first (but never realised because of funding issues) for the Venice Architecture Biennale, this beautiful structure finally found a home (and a place on the cover of our first issue of 2017) as the gateway for Waiheke Island’s Sculpture on the Gulf, where its warped wharenui gable framed a beautiful view of Rangitoto. It’s now been reassembled on the property of the generous folk who funded its creation. Photographed by Mark Smith
Lesieli Tonga Auditorium by Bull O’sullivan Architecture ——— This Mangereˉ building is one of our favourites of late, and starred in our pages earlier this year. It’s a community funded project where a tight budget and timeframe didn’t dim the architectural ambition. The frangipani-patterned ceiling sits beautifully above a space that can hold 1500 people for feasts and festivities. Photographed by Patrick Reynolds
Faraday Street Studio by Fearon Hay Architects ——— Fearon Hay Architects led a redevelopment of these 1940s Faraday Street warehouses in Parnell that handily included room for their own offices. The jury praised the apartment loft effect of the spaces, and the way the building’s original trusses were left exposed to create a sense of “tough luxury”. Photographed by Studio Weir
SGA Studio and Workshops by Strachan Group Architects ——— This architectural studio in Morningside features a workshop downstairs, and a warm, well-lit shared office space above. The jury also admired the project’s commitment to sustainable principles, use of prefabrication, and restrained material palette. Photographed by Simon Devitt
See more of the NZIA winners on paperboy. co.nz.