“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.
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.
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 timber construction through a series of models.
“We’re going to show off some of the most unsung architecture in the world, our Pacific architecture,” described Mitchell. “It’s an architecture made out of poles, beams and panels and not out of heaps of rocks, bricks and tiles.”
Architects: BVN Donovan Hill + Jasmax
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Project Principal: James Grose
Project Director: Brian Clohessy
Project Architect: Chris Boss
Project Team: Matt Middleton,Adam Mosses,Katie Newall , Tom White, Yi-Jan Lien, Jemma Cook, Mordechai Toor, William McNaughton, Carol-Ann Pickvance,Olivia Giangrasso, Kait Zegers, Zoe Michalski, Ben Doherty, Meg O’Hara, Barry Dineen, Barbara Vourakis
Project Team Interiors: Vishwa Kaushal,Helen Lee, Tijana Papandrea, Angie Andrijic, Ulrike Baeuerle, Alice Penna, Josephine Meldgaard
Photographs: John Gollings