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Winners of the 2015 Auckland Architecture Awards Announced

16:00 - 31 May, 2015
Winners of the 2015 Auckland Architecture Awards Announced, Carlaw Park Student Village / Warren and Mahoney. Image © Simon Devitt
Carlaw Park Student Village / Warren and Mahoney. Image © Simon Devitt

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 +44

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

06:00 - 26 May, 2015
25 of New Zealand's Best Buildings Receive 2015 Canterbury Awards, Christchurch Botanic Gardens Visitors Centre / Patterson Associates. Image © Emma Smales
Christchurch Botanic Gardens Visitors Centre / Patterson Associates. Image © Emma Smales

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 +26

Shigeru Ban on Growing Up, Carpentry, and Cardboard Tubes

19:00 - 30 April, 2015
Shigeru Ban on Growing Up, Carpentry, and Cardboard Tubes, Shigeru Ban’s Cardboard Cathedral in New Zealand. Image © Bridgit Anderson
Shigeru Ban’s Cardboard Cathedral in New Zealand. Image © Bridgit Anderson

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

13:30 - 27 April, 2015
schmidt hammer lassen Reveal Chirstchurch's New Central Library, Courtesy of schmidt hammer lassen architects
Courtesy of schmidt hammer lassen architects

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. 

Courtesy of schmidt hammer lassen architects Courtesy of schmidt hammer lassen architects Courtesy of schmidt hammer lassen architects Courtesy of schmidt hammer lassen architects +6

Building 303 / Architectus

20:00 - 16 April, 2015
Building 303 / Architectus, © Simon Devitt
© Simon Devitt

© Simon Devitt © Simon Devitt © Simon Devitt © Simon Devitt +21

Chrysalis Childcare Centre / Collingridge and Smith Architects

18:00 - 7 April, 2015
Chrysalis Childcare Centre / Collingridge and Smith Architects, Courtesy of Collingridge and Smith Architects
Courtesy of Collingridge and Smith Architects

Courtesy of Collingridge and Smith Architects Courtesy of Collingridge and Smith Architects Courtesy of Collingridge and Smith Architects Courtesy of Collingridge and Smith Architects +32

  • 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

Wakatipu Guest House / Team Green Architects

20:00 - 29 March, 2015
Wakatipu Guest House / Team Green Architects, © Sam Hartnett
© Sam Hartnett

© Sam Hartnett © Sam Hartnett © Sam Hartnett © Sam Hartnett +16

Matai House / Parsonson Architects

18:00 - 24 March, 2015
Matai House  / Parsonson Architects, © Paul McCredie
© Paul McCredie

© Paul McCredie © Paul McCredie © Paul McCredie © Paul McCredie +17

The Treasury Research Centre & Archive / Architectus

18:00 - 19 March, 2015
The Treasury Research Centre & Archive / Architectus, © Simon Devitt
© Simon Devitt

© Simon Devitt © Simon Devitt © Simon Devitt © Simon Devitt +12

Korokoro House / Parsonson Architects

18:00 - 17 March, 2015
Korokoro House / Parsonson Architects, © Paul McCredie
© Paul McCredie

© Paul McCredie © Paul McCredie © Paul McCredie © Paul McCredie +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand
  • Architects in Charge

    Gerald Parsonson. LBP: Andreas Cherry
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Longbush Ecosanctuary Welcome Shelter / Sarosh Mulla Design

18:00 - 3 March, 2015
Longbush Ecosanctuary Welcome Shelter / Sarosh Mulla Design, © Simon Devitt
© Simon Devitt

© Simon Devitt © Simon Devitt © Simon Devitt © Simon Devitt +29

Muriwai Surf Club / Jasmax

01:00 - 3 February, 2015
Muriwai Surf Club / Jasmax, © Kenneth Li
© Kenneth Li

© Kenneth Li © Kenneth Li © Kenneth Li © Kenneth Li +21

  • Architects

  • 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

Olive Grove House / Team Green Architects

01:00 - 14 October, 2014
Olive Grove House  / Team Green Architects, © Sam Hartnett
© Sam Hartnett

© Sam Hartnett © Sam Hartnett © Sam Hartnett © Sam Hartnett +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Cromwell, New Zealand
  • Architects in Charge

    Sian Taylor, Mark Read
  • Area

    156.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

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

00:00 - 11 October, 2014
Red Architecture Wins Top New Zealand Prize for “Innovative Black Barn”, Modern Barn Form / Red Architecture. Image Courtesy of ADNZ
Modern Barn Form / Red Architecture. Image Courtesy of ADNZ

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 +12

Woods Bagot Reveals Plans for Christchurch Convention Centre

00:00 - 7 October, 2014
© 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

00:00 - 18 August, 2014
Cities Need Big Changes to Become Bike Friendly, A bicyclist in Vancouver, Canada. Image © Flickr CC User Paul Krueger
A bicyclist in Vancouver, Canada. Image © Flickr CC User Paul Krueger

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

01:00 - 15 August, 2014
Clayton Park School Hall and Administration / Stephenson&Turner, © Paul McCredie
© Paul McCredie

© Paul McCredie © Paul McCredie © Paul McCredie © Paul McCredie +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Manukau, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Client

    Ministry of Education
  • Area

    860.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

VUW Campus Hub / Architectus + Athfield Architects

01:00 - 8 August, 2014
VUW Campus Hub / Architectus + Athfield Architects, © Paul McCredie
© Paul McCredie

© Paul McCredie © Paul McCredie © Paul McCredie © Paul McCredie +24