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TRA / Jose Gutierrez

  • Architects: Jose Gutierrez
  • Location: Britomart Place, Auckland, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
  • Design Team: Jose Gutierrez, Anas Hafeedh, Nicholas Genever
  • Area: 400.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Jeremy Toth

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MIT Manukau & Transport Interchange / Warren and Mahoney

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Kathleen Kilgour Centre / Wingate + Farquhar Architects

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Hundertwasser's Last Unbuilt Work Could Become a Reality in New Zealand

The future of Friedensreich Hundertwasser's last unbuilt work -- a proposed Art Center for Whangarei, New Zealand -- hangs in the balance and will be decided next week by a referendum. The center, backed by the Proper Northland Trust (PNT), was originally designed in 1993 by Hundertwasser to repurpose a waterfront government building, but was never completed.

Hundertwasser, an Austrian artist and architect who lived on and off in New Zealand from the 1970s until his death in 2000, centered his designs on colorful, organic forms, and the relationship between art and nature, as well as the practice of sustainable building.

Winners of the 2015 Auckland Architecture Awards Announced

From 159 submissions, 44 have emerged as winners of the NZIA's 2015 Auckland Architecture Awards. The titles were bestowed upon 20 firms for new projects spanning 10 categories, ranging from a restrained renovation of a historic building in a Victorian neighborhood, to a bold, modern transportation hub. This year's awards were grounded in three main areas of the city, with Britomart dominating in hospitality and retail designs, Hobsonville Point receiving educational and multi-unit housing awards, and Titirangi gaining recognition for its stellar public architecture and housing.

The winning projects will be considered for the highest honor in the NZIA's awards program, the New Zealand Architecture Awards, which will be announced in November. See the full list of winners after the break.

Boatsheds / Strachan Group Architects and Rachael Rush. Image © Patrick Reynolds Te Kohanga House / Wendy Shacklock Architects and Paul Clarke of Crosson Clarke Carnachan. Image © Sam Hartnett MIT Manukau and Transport Interchange / Warren and Mahoney. Image © Simon Devitt Pt Chevalier Bungalow / Megan Edwards Architects. Image © Patrick Reynolds

25 of New Zealand's Best Buildings Receive 2015 Canterbury Awards

With a record number of entries, the 2015 Canterbury Awards, organized by the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA), honored 25 Canterbury-based designs spanning 10 categories. The esteemed awards recognize and promote projects that are exceptionally sensitive to both their environment and occupants.  Prevalent in this year's awards was the theme of rebuilding, as several projects were realized despite earthquakes impeding their construction, resulting in innovative designs that adapted to the unforeseen setbacks.

Among 2015's top recipients are Warren and Mahoney with six awards, and Sheppard & Rout and Athfield Architects, whose work garnered four and three honors, respectively. All of the winning projects will compete for the NZIA's highest recognition in the awards program, the New Zealand Architecture Awards, to be announced in early November. See the full list of winning projects after the break.

Isaac Theatre Royal / Warren and Mahoney. Image © Stephen Goodenough and Dawid Wisnicwski Christchurch Eye Surgery Clinic / Wilson & Hill Architects . Image © Stephen Goodenough Te Kete Ika – Dining Hall & Kitchen Redevelopment / Sheppard & Rout. Image © Peter Cui Young Hunter House / Sheppard & Rout. Image © Peter Cui

Shigeru Ban on Growing Up, Carpentry, and Cardboard Tubes

He may have risen to prominence for his disaster relief architecture and deft use of recyclable materials, but Shigeru Ban describes his idiosyncratic use of material as an "accident." Speaking to The Wall Street Journal, the 2014 Pritzker Prize Laureate recalls turning to cardboard tubes as a matter of necessity. "I had to create a design for an exhibition," Ban told the newspaper, "But I couldn't afford wood. Instead, I used the many paper tubes from rolls of drafting paper that were lying around. The tubes turned out to be quite strong." The most prominent of Ban's cardboard tube structures is Christchurch's Cardboard Cathedral, built in the aftermath of an earthquake that devastated the city in early 2011. Read WSJ's full interview with Ban here.  

schmidt hammer lassen Reveal Chirstchurch's New Central Library

schmidt hammer lassen architects, together with New Zealand-based Architectus, has unveiled plans for Chirstchurch's New Central Library (NCL). An "anchor project" for the city's 2010 and 2011 earthquake Recovery Plan, the new 12,000-meter library will built by 2018 on the northern edge of Cathedral Square – Christchurch´s key civic space defined by Christchurch’s Cathedral.

It is hoped that the NCL will become an important gathering space within the city, offering easy access to digital technologies and local heritage collections, as well as exhibition and performance space, a learning center, indoor and outdoor areas of relaxation, and activities for young citizens. 

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Building 303 / Architectus

  • Architects: Architectus
  • Location: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Area: 8800.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Simon Devitt

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Chrysalis Childcare Centre / Collingridge and Smith Architects

  • Architects: Collingridge and Smith Architects
  • Location: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Architect In Charge: Phil Smith, Graham Collingridge, Evan Crighton
  • Area: 800.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Collingridge and Smith Architects

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Matai House / Parsonson Architects

  • Architects: Parsonson Architects
  • Location: Wellington, New Zealand
  • Architects In Charge: Gerald Parsonson, Craig Burt
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Paul McCredie

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The Treasury Research Centre & Archive / Architectus

  • Architects: Architectus
  • Location: Thames, New Zealand
  • Area: 200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Simon Devitt

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Korokoro House / Parsonson Architects

  • Architects: Parsonson Architects
  • Location: Wellington, New Zealand
  • Architects In Charge: Gerald Parsonson. LBP: Andreas Cherry
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Paul McCredie

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Muriwai Surf Club / Jasmax

  • Architects: Jasmax
  • Location: 341 Motutara Road, Muriwai 0881, New Zealand
  • Design Team: Euan Mac Kellar, Phillipa Nihotte, John Hawkins, Rose Fox, Sean Munro, Gary Foster, Daniel Lowery
  • Area: 1582.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Kenneth Li

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Olive Grove House / Team Green Architects

  • Architects: Team Green Architects
  • Location: Cromwell, New Zealand
  • Architects In Charge: Sian Taylor, Mark Read
  • Area: 156.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Sam Hartnett

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Red Architecture Wins Top New Zealand Prize for “Innovative Black Barn”

Red Architecture’s “innovative black barn” has been awarded the ADNZ's (Architectural Designers New Zealand) 2014 Supreme National Design Award for its “subtle, economical and clever design.” Located in the beautiful rural landscape of Whatawhata in the Waikato, the project houses a private residence and garage within two “crisp barn-like forms” clad in vertical run steel and recycled bricks taken from the devastation caused by the Christchurch earthquakes. 

In addition to the Supreme Award winner, eight designs from across the country were presented Resene Architectural Design Awards at the ceremony. View a glimpse of each awarded project, after the break.

Il Viaggio, Shotover River / Gary Todd Architecture. Image Courtesy of ADNZ Marina Point, Fiji / Life Style Architecture. Image Courtesy of ADNZ Ducansby Road, Red Beach, Auckland / Ltd Architectural. Image Courtesy of ADNZ Modern Barn Form / Red Architecture. Image Courtesy of ADNZ