2009 Wellington Architecture Awards announced

November 17, 2009

Wellington’s best projects awarded by the New Zealand Institute of Architects.

The 2009 Wellington Architecture Awards, organised and run by the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA), have been announced.

Winners on the night included the BNZ Harbour Quays building, Moore Wilson Fresh and Chews Lane Precinct, as well as a solar- and water-powered writer’s residence.

jury convenor Angela Foster said it was encouraging to see that many of the projects, across commercial and residential categories, showed that sustainability was now integral to the design process, with sustainable features now a regular requirement in a client’s brief.

The BNZ Harbour Quays building, a project by Jasmax Limited, won the commercial, sustainable and interior architecture categories. The jury admired the Five Green Star rated building for its strong sculptural element, and its ecological and social considerations.

Wellington Regional Hospital, designed by CCM Architects in association with Rice Daubney, won a public architecture award, while Athfiled Architects won awards for Chews Lane Precinct and the Moore Wilson Fresh building.

The Te Puni Village, student residences for Victoria University of Wellington built by Architectus, was described by Foster as a “refined gesture to the city… a sparkling lantern on the city ridgeline”.

Archaus Architects Limited and Warren + Mahoney Architects in Association won a residential award for multiple housing project, The Herd Street Development, while the Villa Melina Boutique Homestay in Seatoun by Novak + Middleton Architects won a commercial architecture award.

The jury also recognised the Wellington Framework by WCC Architects – which guides the development of Wellington’s central waterfront area. The framework was described as “an example of where urban design is about process rather than product”.

A number of residential projects were awarded, including A Writer’s Residence by Art + Architecture, which won in the sustainability category. The project is not connected to telephone of power supplies, instead using solar power and a small turbine powered by a nearby stream. Foster said the project was “totally sustainable and like a Vitruvian Hut – so simple [it makes] you truly feel detached from civilisation”.

Harding House, another Athfield Architects project, was praised by the jury as “an outstanding example of site responsive architecture,” which provides shelter from harsh winds and creates a refined interior space.

The local architecture awards are the first of three levels in the awards program run by the NZIA. Winners from each of the eight local awards functions are then shortlisted for the national New Zealand Architecture Awards, with the top project awarded the New Zealand Architecture Medal.

For a full list of winners, go to the ["NZIA website":].

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