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, ,
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 Donovan Hill and . 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: ,
Area: 1,500 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jackie Meiring

Westmere Alteration / Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects

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Architects: Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects
Location: Westmere, Auckland,
Area: 177 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects

Seatoun Heights House / Parsonson Architects

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Architects: Parsonson Architects
Location: Wellington,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Paul McCredie

Studio 19 Community Housing / Strachan Group Architects, Studio 19

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Architects: Strachan Group Architects +
Location: Henderson, , New Zealand
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jackie Meiring

Foothills House / Strachan Group Architects

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Architects: Strachan Group Architects
Location: Pokeno,
Project Architect: Dave Strachan
Structural Engineer: Adam Mackenzie
Year: 2007
Photographs: Patrick Reynolds

Venice Biennale 2014: New Zealand Focuses First Entry on Pacific-Style Architecture

Auckland Art Gallery / FJMT + Archimedia. Image © John Gollings

New Zealand has appointed Auckland architect David Mitchell to serve as creative director and lead the country’s first participation at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Bridging from Rem Koolhaas’ theme, “Fundamentals”, Mitchell plans to exhibit New Zealand’s tradition of pacific-style architecture and light construction through a series of models. 

“We’re going to show off some of the most unsung architecture in the world, our ,” described Mitchell. “It’s an architecture made out of poles, beams and panels and not out of heaps of rocks, bricks and tiles.”

Fantails Childcare / Collingridge And Smith Architects (CASA)

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Architects: Collingridge And Smith Architects (CASA)
Location: Silverdale,
Architect In Charge: Phil Smith
Design Team: Graham Collingridge, Grayson Wanda
Year: 2013
Photographs: Simon Devitt

Takapuna House / Athfield Architects

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Architects: Athfield Architects
Location: Takapuna Beach,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Simon Devitt