“Landmark new offices, a minimalist cave and the famous Yellow Treehouse Restaurant are among outstanding designs recognized in the 2010 New Zealand Architecture Awards.
Eighteen awards were made to 15 buildings nationally in the country’s premier competition for design and architecture. A maximum of three New Zealand Architecture Awards can be made in each of 10 categories.
The winning projects will now be considered for the 2010 New Zealand Architecture Medal, to be announced in May. Only one Medal may be awarded each year.”
Wellington-based architect Gerald Parsonson, convenor of the awards jury, said the quality of winning entries had been very high.
“The commercial winners were particularly strong architecturally while also displaying a genuine ecological sensitivity,” he said.
“We thought the residential projects pushed the boundaries more this year, showing a real inventiveness and uniqueness, from the Mediterranean feel of a clifftop villa overlooking the Sumner inlet in Christchurch to a beautifully orchestrated stone-clad courtyard house in Wanaka.”
NZI Centre and Ironbank take five awards
Auckland designs took half of all the honors, with nine awards made to projects sited in or near to the city.
Jasmax Ltd captured four awards with its NZI Centre at Auckland Viaduct a winner in the Commercial, Sustainable and Interior Architecture categories, and the Hillcrest Road Bridge on the Northern Toll Road near Orewa among winners in Urban Design.
RTA Studio was a winner in the Commercial and Sustainable categories for its high-profile Ironbank Centre, also in Auckland, and Athfield Architects took two residential awards for the Clements House in Christchurch and the Fox-Hansen House in Nelson.
Jurors agreed the NZI Centre had set new standards for office space and expectations of corporate citizens, praising its elegance, quality and stimulating interior and sustainability principles that are intrinsic to the building’s design.
Hillcrest Road Bridge, affectionately dubbed the Pukeko Bridge, was described as a signature structure – “lyrical, elegant and memorable”.
Ironbank was judged to have “broken the mold” with judges admiring its cluster of five towers of stacked boxes which provide a dramatic, sculptural form, and the way in which the project was driven by ecological sensitivity. …..”
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