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Dining Rooms: Their Importance and Possibilities in Plans

The word commensality refers to the act of eating together, sharing a meal. Much more than a mere function of essential human need, sitting at the table is a practice of communion and exchange. An article by Cody C. Delistraty compiles some studies on the importance of eating together: students who don't eat regularly with their parents miss school more; children who do not have daily dinner with their family tend to be more obese and young people in families without this tradition can have more problems with drugs and alcohol, in addition to poorer academic performance. Evidently, all these issues raised are complex and should not be reduced to just one factor. But having a suitable place to have meals, free from distractions, is a good starting point for at least one moment a day that is focused on conversation and food. This is where dinner tables come in. In this article, we review some projects to classify the most common ways to deploy these important pieces of furniture.

Footstep Pre-school / Parsonson Architects

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  360
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2021
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  AutoDesk, Coloursteel, Forbo, JNL, James Hardie, +2
  • Professionals : O2 Landscapes

Long House / Parsonson Architects

Wellington, New Zealand
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  220
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  AutoDesk, James Hardie, Rosenfeld Kidson
  • Professionals : Hanna Construction Limited

Herald Garden Studio / Parsonson Architects

Herald Garden Studio / Parsonson Architects - Exterior Photography, Extension, Garden, Facade, Beam
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Wairau Valley House / Parsonson Architects

Wairau Valley House / Parsonson Architects - Houses, Patio, Facade, Chair
© Paul McCredie

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Rapaura, New Zealand

Ostrich House / Parsonson Architects

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Wellington, New Zealand
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  220
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  AutoDesk, DRYDEN, Cedar cladding, Flooring timber, NedZink, +1
  • Professionals : Spencer Holmes Ltd

Korokoro Bush House / Parsonson Architects

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Lower Hutt, New Zealand
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  169
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  Australian Sustainable Hardwoods (ASH), BBI Wood Products, Color steel, Colorsteel, Hutt Valley Garage Doors, +1

Te Horo Bach / Parsonson Architects

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Te Horo, New Zealand
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  James Hardie Australia, Colorsteel, James Hardie, Okoume

Moetapu Beach House / Parsonson Architects

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Ruby Bay House / Parsonson Architects

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Richmond and Motueka, New Zealand

Field Way Bach / Parsonson Architects

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Waikanae, New Zealand

2015 New Zealand Architecture Awards Announced

The New Zealand Institute of Architects has announced the 28 winners of the New Zealand Architecture Awards during an event at the Auckland Museum.

A wide range of projects were awarded, with three new categories of awards this year: the John Scott Award for public architecture, the Sir Ian Athfield Award for housing, and the Sir Miles Warren Award for commercial architecture.

Find out which 28 projects won New Zealand’s most prestigious architecture awards, after the break.

Marshall Court Apartments / Designgroup Stapleton Elliott

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Wellington, New Zealand

Matai House / Parsonson Architects

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Korokoro House / Parsonson Architects

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Lower Hutt, New Zealand

Clayton Park School Hall and Administration / Stephenson&Turner

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  • Architects: Stephenson&Turner
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  860
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2014

VUW Campus Hub / Architectus + Athfield Architects

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New Zealand Architecture Awards 2014 Winners Announced

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.

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