Olive Grove House / Team Green Architects

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

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

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 earthquakes.

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

Woods Bagot Reveals Plans for Christchurch Convention Centre

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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 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 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

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

VUW Campus Hub / Architectus + Athfield Architects

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Architects: Architectus, Athfield Architects
Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Area: 13000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Paul McCredie

Mildred & Co / Jose Gutierrez

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Architects: Jose Gutierrez
Location: Auckland,
Area: 300.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jeremy Toth

Christchurch Launches Competition to Design Earthquake Memorial

Cathedral, after being destroyed by the 2011 earthquake. Image © NZPA / David Wethey

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

Te Kaitaka – The Cloak / Fearon Hay Architects

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Architects: Fearon Hay Architects
Location: Airport (AKL), Ray Emery Dr, , New Zealand
Architects In Charge: Tim Hay, Jeff Fearon, Doug Weir, Matt Roberts
Area: 180 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Simon Wilson

Carlaw Park Student Accommodation / Warren and Mahoney

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Architects: Warren and Mahoney
Location: Nicholls Lane, Parnell, ,
Design Architect: Shannon Joe
Project Architect: Paul Morrison
Year: 2014
Photographs: Simon Devitt

Call for Entries: Ideas to Remember

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

The Canterbury Earthquake Memorial will honour the lives of those who died in Canterbury’s earthquakes and provide a place for individuals and groups to pay respect. It will acknowledge the shared trauma experienced by the people of Canterbury.

It will also give recognition to the people who participated in the rescue and recovery operation, and provide a special place for holding events, such as the annual memorial gathering on 22 February. Design ideas must be submitted by 12 noon ( Standard Time) on 22 August 2014.

For more information, please click here.

Marine Parade / Dorrington Atcheson Architect

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Architects: Dorrington Atcheson Architect
Location: Herne Bay, Auckland,
Area: 404 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Emma-Jane Hetherington

Easterbrook House / Dorrington Atcheson Architects

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Architects: Dorrington Atcheson Architects
Location: Titirangi, ,
Area: 176 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Emma-Jane Hetherington

Wilton Close / Cymon Allfrey Architects

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

Auckland Zoo / Monk Mackenzie + Glamuzina Patterson

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Architects: Monk Mackenzie, Glamuzina Patterson
Location: Western Springs, Auckland,
Design Team: Hamish Monk, Aaron Paterson, Dominic Glamuzina, Miguel Machado
Year: 2013
Photographs: Mark Smith, Jonny Davis

Toomath’s Legacy: Defining Modern New Zealand Architecture

Toomath House, view of the Oriental Bay. Image Courtesy of Simon Devitt

“What makes us New Zealanders different from, say, Australians?” , 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 architecture. To keep reading, click here.

New Zealand Architecture Awards 2014 Winners Announced

ASB North Wharf / BVN and Jasmax. Image © John Gollings

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.

Fabric Warehouse / Fearon Hay Architects

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Architects: Fearon Hay Architects
Location: Auckland,
Area: 1,500 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jackie Meiring