Kin­loch cas­tle’s top ar­chi­tec­ture prize

Taupo Times - - PUZZLES - ROBERT STEVEN

Asked to re-imag­ine a Scot­tish cas­tle in the 21st cen­tury, ar­chi­tect An­drew Pat­ter­son came up with the Kin­loch Club lodge.

The enor­mous schist build­ing which over­looks the Kin­loch Club golf course has now won Pat­ter­son the in­dus­try’s top com­mer­cial ar­chi­tec­ture award at the New Zealand Ar­chi­tec­ture Awards.

The Kin­loch Club lodge caters for high-end clients and rates for the club start at $1910 per night in De­cem­ber,

In late 2015, a stay at the lodge was a prize for Emmy award win­ners. In 2016, it was a prize in the largest Las Ve­gas char­ity poker game, run by Hol­ly­wood ac­tor Ben Af­fleck.

Upon ar­rival, vis­i­tors cross a gang­way en­trance to the lush cen­tral court­yard. The court­yard fea­tures an out­door fire­place and a re­flect­ing pool.

The lodge’s main room has plenty of lush tex­tures in­cor­po­rated into the in­te­rior, such as vel­vet, fox fur, brass and cop­per. The din­ing room is white­washed, light and airy.

Pat­ter­son’s re­cent port­fo­lio in­cludes the Len Lye Cen­tre in New Ply­mouth, the Christchurch Botanic Gar­dens’ Visi­tor Cen­tre and the Geyser Build­ing in Auck­land. Other no­table projects in­clude the Hills Club­house in Queen­stown, the Cu­mu­lus of­fice build­ing and wa­ter­front Stratis apart­ments in Auck­land.

Pat­ter­son also re­ceived the New Zealand In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tects’ Gold Medal. The in­sti­tute’s high­est per­sonal hon­our recog­nises out­stand­ing ca­reer achieve­ment and is only awarded to one ar­chi­tect each year.

In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tects’ pres­i­dent Christina van Bo­he­men said Pat­ter­son de­served the hon­our.

‘‘He has pushed the bound­aries of what is pos­si­ble in New Zealand ar­chi­tec­ture, and his work is of­ten sur­pris­ing and al­ways ar­rest­ing.’’

Awards judge Louise Wright said the award-win­ners set a high bench­mark for ar­chi­tec­tural achieve­ment.

‘‘I think New Zealan­ders have in­creas­ingly high ex­pec­ta­tions of the build­ings in which they live, work and study, and the cities they in­habit, and rightly so.

‘‘The qual­ity of the built en­vi­ron­ment makes a real dif­fer­ence to peo­ple’s lives, and it is up to ar­chi­tects, and ev­ery­one in the build­ing in­dus­try, to make the most of ev­ery con­struc­tion op­por­tu­nity.’’

The Kin­loch Club lodge’s lounge, with slate floors and lush wool rugs.

The Kin­loch Club lodge has won a top com­mer­cial ar­chi­tec­ture awards.

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