Edwards White has scooped three prizes in this year’s NZ Institute of Architects National Awards in Wellington.
The business took out the Sir Miles Award for Commercial Architecture – the top award for the country’s best commercial building – for the Mezz Box, which overlooks the new Victoria on the River park in central Hamilton.
Edwards White also picked up a gong for its Victoria on the River redevelopment and it won a third small project architecture award for a river retreat in Taupiri.
Judges described Mezz Box in their citations as ‘‘an elegant addition that fulfils its commercial function, enhances the existing building and makes a commendable contribution to the public realm of a new urban park’’ .
They went on to call the project ‘‘imaginative’’ and ‘‘well considered’’.
Edwards White’s Victoria on the River urban park was described as a ‘‘paradigm shift in Hamilton’’.
The inner city terraced park opened in January, opening Victoria St to the Waikato River.
‘‘At last, a well-planned and well executed connection has been established between the CBD and the river that runs through the city and was the reason for its foundation,’’ judges said.
The park’s generous scale and high-level of amenity immediately rendered it a valuable civic asset.
‘‘The design entices people to enter and encourages them to linger. Part viewing platform, part piazza, Victoria on the River is a further example of highly successful public urban space in regional NZ.’’
The awards were announced at a celebratory dinner at Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington last night.
The awards recognised 17 projects ranging from an Auckland transit development and a Christchurch government precinct to a Nelson bach.