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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

© Sam Hartnett © Sam Hartnett © Sam Hartnett © Sam Hartnett

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

Woods Bagot Reveals Plans for Christchurch Convention Centre

© mir.no. Image Courtesy of Woods Bagot
© mir.no. Image Courtesy of Woods Bagot

Global design and consulting firm Woods Bagot has revealed its plans to collaborate with Plenary Conventions New Zealand, a consortium responsible for the development of the new Christchurch Convention Centre. The consortium also includes international infrastructure firm Plenary Group, local firms Ngai Tahu Property and Carter Group, Warren and Mahoney Architects, and environmental design consultancy Boffa Miskell. Read on after the break to see additional images and learn more about the proposed plan.

Cities Need Big Changes to Become Bike Friendly

A new study has found that cities need to make big infrastructural changes, rather than small ones, in order to become more bike friendly. As this article from Fast Company explains, small increases in bicycle usage lead to more accidents, which in turn makes others afraid to make the switch from driving to riding. However, the study found that heavy investment in cycling infrastructure brings an economic benefit to cities in the long run, largely thanks to savings from reduced healthcare costs. To learn about the long-term benefits of big biking investments, click here.

Clayton Park School Hall and Administration / Stephenson&Turner

  • Architects: Stephenson&Turner
  • Location: Manukau, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Client: Ministry of Education
  • Area: 860.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Paul McCredie

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VUW Campus Hub / Architectus + Athfield Architects

© Paul McCredie © Paul McCredie © Paul McCredie © Paul McCredie

Mildred & Co / Jose Gutierrez

  • Architects: Jose Gutierrez
  • Location: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Area: 300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Jeremy Toth

© Jeremy Toth © Jeremy Toth © Jeremy Toth © Jeremy Toth

Christchurch Launches Competition to Design Earthquake Memorial

After years of rebuilding from the devastating earthquake that hit the city in February 2011, the city of Christchurch in New Zealand has announced an open competition to design a memorial to the 185 people that lost their lives in the tragedy. The $3.5 million memorial will be situated in the city center on the banks of the Ōtākaro-Avon River, and is expected to be "a thoughtfully designed space where small groups or individuals can pay respect to those who died," but will also "comfortably fit a crowd of around 2,000 people" to host an annual memorial gathering, as well as other events.

More details after the break

Carlaw Park Student Accommodation / Warren and Mahoney

  • Architects: Warren and Mahoney
  • Location: 20-24 Nicholls Lane, Parnell, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
  • Design Architect : Shannon Joe
  • Project Architect: Paul Morrison
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Simon Devitt

© Simon Devitt © Simon Devitt © Simon Devitt © Simon Devitt

Call for Entries: Ideas to Remember

The series of earthquakes that began on 4 September 2010 altered the Canterbury landscape and had a huge impact on the people. Now it’s time to create a place to remember.

Marine Parade / Dorrington Atcheson Architect

© Emma-Jane Hetherington
© Emma-Jane Hetherington
  • Architects: Dorrington Atcheson Architect
  • Location: Herne Bay, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Area: 404.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Emma-Jane Hetherington

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Easterbrook House / Dorrington Atcheson Architects

  • Architects: Dorrington Atcheson Architects
  • Location: Titirangi, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Area: 176.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Emma-Jane Hetherington

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Wilton Close / Cymon Allfrey Architects

  • Architects: Cymon Allfrey Architects
  • Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Architect In Charge: Cymon Allfrey
  • Area: 3200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Stephen Goodenough

© Stephen Goodenough © Stephen Goodenough © Stephen Goodenough © Stephen Goodenough

Auckland Zoo / Monk Mackenzie + Glamuzina Patterson

  • Architects: Monk Mackenzie, Glamuzina Patterson
  • Location: Auckland Zoo, 99 Motions Road, Western Springs, Auckland 1022, New Zealand
  • Design Team: Hamish Monk, Aaron Paterson, Dominic Glamuzina, Miguel Machado
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Mark Smith, Jonny Davis

© Jonny Davis © Jonny Davis © Jonny Davis © Jonny Davis

Toomath's Legacy: Defining Modern New Zealand Architecture

"What makes us New Zealanders different from, say, Australians?" William Toomath, the late modernist architect, asked himself this question at the onset of his career. In this article published by the Australian Design Review, Jack Davies takes a look at Toomath's work and how he helped define New Zealand architecture. To keep reading, click here.

New Zealand Architecture Awards 2014 Winners Announced

The winners of the New Zealand Architecture Awards 2014 have been announced. The winner of the 2014 New Zealand Architecture Medal, the most prestigious award building award in New Zealand, was BVN Donovan Hill and Jasmax, for their ASB North Wharf building. Patrick Clifford was also awarded with the New Zealand Institute of Architects Gold Medal for his career as director of Architectus, with the jury commending the "understated confidence" and "urbane and assured authority" of his work.

Another 16 projects also received awards in 9 categories. Read on after the break for the full list of winners.

AUT Sir Paul Reeves Building Jasmax. Image © Simon Devitt Victoria University of Wellington, Campus Hub and Library Upgrade / Architectus and Athfield Architects. Image © Paul McCredie Cocker Townhouses / Claude Megson Architect. Image © Patrick Reynolds ASB North Wharf / BVN Donovan Hill and Jasmax. Image © John Gollings

Fabric Warehouse / Fearon Hay Architects

  • Architects: Fearon Hay Architects
  • Location: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Area: 1500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Jackie Meiring

© Jackie Meiring © Jackie Meiring © Jackie Meiring © Jackie Meiring