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.
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.
With the aim to provide a portable building solution that is tailored to suit the site, climate and desired learning outcomes in an efficient, sustainable and adaptable way, Architectus designed a system titled, eMOD (Educational Modular Offsite Design). It is an adaptable modular design system comprising two separate modules 4.5m x 15m that can be configured to create a building solution to suit the site, climate and learning outcomes. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Located at Trial Bay overlooking the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, the project required an addition of a new living room, verandah, courtyard and garage, along with complete reorganization of the existing dwelling which was built in 1981 and designed by Ray Heffernan. The new room is projected toward the Channel, in a manner and position that preserves the outlook from the house, and maximises direct sunlight to, and outlook from both. The house was awarded the prestigious 2010 Robin Boyd Award of Australian Institute of Architects.
More photographs and drawings of this project following the break.
Architects: HBV Architects
Location: Trial Bay, Tasmania
Design Principal: James Jones of Architectus (previously of HBV Architects)
Project Team: Petrina Moore, Scott Christensen, Helen Daly
Structural Engineers: Gandy & Roberts Pty Ltd
Mechanical and Electrical Engineers: TBS
Builder: Bennett Construction Pty Ltd
Photographs: Ray Joyce and Richard Marks