From a writerâ€™s residence powered only by sun and water to the massive new Regional Hospital project, excellence in design was celebrated in the 2009 Wellington Architecture Awards.
The landmark BNZ Harbour Quays Building, Moore Wilson Fresh and Chews Lane Precinct are also among winners in the Wellington awards program, organized and run by the New Zealand Institute of Architects and supported by Resene.
Jury convenor, architect Angela Foster, said the standard of entries had been very high and it was encouraging to see that sustainable principles were now integrated into the design process and evident across both commercial and residential projects.
â€œIt is now something that is integral to projects rather than just added on and it is clear that it is something clients are asking for,â€ she said.
Winner in the Commercial, Sustainable and Interior Categories: BNZ Harbour Quays by Jasmax Limited
The BNZ Harbour Quays building, by Jasmax Limited, took triple honors with awards in the commercial, sustainable and interior architecture categories.
The Five Green Star rated building was praised by jurors for its strong sculptural element, ecological and social considerations and as an invigorating environment.
Ms Foster said: â€œThis is a totally different way of looking at an office building, the epitome of open plan and rather like a mini city.â€
Public Architecture: Wellington Regional Hospital by CCM Architects Limited in association with Rice Daubney
Wellington Regional Hospital by CCM Architects in association with Rice Daubney (early stages only) was among winners in public architecture hailed by Ms Foster as an innovative hospital design.
Jurors also said the project, based on the â€˜model of careâ€™ concept had worked extremely well making the building accessible despite its massive scale.
Commercial Architecture: Moore Wilson Fresh by Athfield Architects Limited
Chews Lane Precinct and the Moore Wilson Fresh building, both by Athfield Architects, were also honored.
Chews Lane, a winner in urban design, was praised as having revitalized the site, achieving intimacy and diversity at pedestrian level, again despite being a project on a huge scale.
Moore Wilson Fresh was described as a â€œsubtly detailed urban marketâ€ with jurors noting that the client/architect association of 40 yearsâ€™ standing had resulted in a â€œdynamic relationship between shopper, product and spaceâ€.
Urban Design: Te Puni Village - Victoria University of Wellington by Architectus
The new Te Puni Village - Victoria University of Wellington student residences, by Architectus, was seen as a â€œcelebration of light and color within the urban landscapeâ€.
Ms Foster said: â€œThis could simply have been any multi-story building but instead is a refined gesture to the city. At night it is a sparkling lantern on the city ridgeline.â€
The Herd Street Development in Wellington, by Archaus Architects Limited and Warren + Mahoney Architects in Association, was the sole winner in residential architecture - multiple housing. Jurors were captivated by the boathouse, described as â€œjewel of the harborâ€.
Not all winners were buildings. The Wellington Waterfront Framework by WCC Architects, which guides the future development of Wellingtonâ€™s central waterfront area, was a winner in urban design winning acclaim as â€œan example of â€œwhere urban design is about process rather than productâ€.
Commercial Architecture: Villa Melina Boutique Homestay by Novak + Middleton Architects
The Villa Melina Boutique Homestay in Seatoun, by Novak + Middleton Architects, a winner in commercial architecture, â€œexuded comfortâ€ while incorporating cutting edge sustainable approaches and many European ideas and products suggested by the Swiss clients.
The Central Forklifts Building at Avalon, by Designgroup Stapleton Elliott, also a winner in the category, won accolades as an elegant response to an industrial subject.
Heritage awards went to the Railway Social Hall behind Wellington Railway Station, by CCM Architects, and to Days Bay Changing Rooms by John Mills Architects.
The social hall won accolade for an elegant refurbishment which is contemporary yet sympathetic to the structure, allowing the hall to â€œregain its grandeurâ€.
The changing rooms have also been revitalized with a contemporary sculptural interior moving the focus towards the public beach while respecting the shell of the original building.
The Victoria University Coastal Ecology Laboratory by Pynenburg & Collins Architects, was a winner in public architecture with jurors remarking on the well resolved laboratory spaces feeding off a central core.
The â€œunashamedly lavishâ€ Osteria Del Toro Restaurant, by Designgroup Stapleton Elliott, took honors in interior design, with the dÃ©cor summed up as creating â€œa rich and unique dining experienceâ€.
Residential Architecture - Houses: Harding House by Athfield Architects Limited
Praised as an â€œelegant bunker,â€ the Harding house, an Athfield Architects designed hilltop home in Melrose, provides shelter from the Wellington winds while encasing a warm and tranquil interior.
Jurors hailed the property as simple, refined and â€œan outstanding example of site responsive architectureâ€.
Residential Architecture - Houses: Collins Wiles House by Erin Collins
Other Wellington winners included the Collins Wiles House at Ngaio, by Erin Collins, described by Ms Foster â€œas a little gem on the side of a hillâ€.
The transformation of Two Karori properties, both by Herriot + Melhuish Architecture, were among winners.
Karori House 1: Stewart Dickens House is now â€œconsumed by sun and viewsâ€.
Karori House 2: The Stonyer House has become an â€œentertainerâ€™s dreamâ€ and effectively â€œa magnificent kitchen with four bedrooms attachedâ€.
Other extensively remodeled properties included Winona in Khandallah, by Novak + Middleton Architects, described as â€œan elegant and sophisticated renovationâ€.
Residential Architecture - Houses: Maupuia House by Tim Nees Architects
Another extensive makeover, a Maupuia House, by Tim Nees Architects, won acclaim for paying tribute to the 1970s structure while introducing innovative architecture.
A Writers Residence near Martinborough by Art +Architecture was a winner in the sustainable category, charming jurors with its simplicity, tranquility and harmony.
Ms Foster said the property, which is not connected to either telephone or power supplies, was â€œtotally sustainable and like a Vitruvian Hut - so simple and making you truly feel detached from civilisationâ€.
Solar panels are used to heat water and, on dull days, a small turbine, powered by a nearby stream, takes over. Heating is provided by fireplaces with wetbacks.
An Aorangi House Building Upgrade by Studio Pacific Architecture, also won in the category, for â€œIntelligent sustainable interventions applied to an existing multi-story building.
The Pukaha Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre - Visitors Centre by Proarch Architects was a winner in small project architecture with the jurors noting how the original Lockwood structure had been â€œpeeled backâ€ to embrace the forest canopy beyond.
A Greytown Artist Studio by Accent Architects, which â€œleans upâ€ towards a mature walnut tree, was described as â€œan extension of the garden canopyâ€.
Two new Eastbourne properties were among winners. A House for Gillian Watt, by WATT Architects, in Sorrento Bay, was described as a â€œcelebration of light and spaceâ€ and Bay House, by Novak + Middleton, as â€œsimple yet complexâ€ and â€œpoised serenely in the hills of Days Bayâ€.
A â€œwell detailed and seamlessâ€ Kapiti Coast House at Te Horo, by Bevin + Slessor Architects, was admired for the way it reaches out to the garden as an extension of the living environmentâ€.
Enduring Architecture awards
Enduring architecture awards were made to two 1970s buildings, Wellingtonâ€™s Westpac Bank Building which was formerly The Bank of New South Wales and designed by Stephenson & Turner NZ, and to the Ainsworth House at Korokoro, by Roger Walker Architects.
Jurors said the elegantly restrained facade and interior of the Westpac building had stood the test of time, transcending styles and fashions.
The Ainsworth House was a seen as â€œVery much a celebration of archetypal 1970â€™s Wellington architecture.
â€œIt is what you think of when someone says â€˜Roger Walker,â€™ â€œ said Ms Foster. â€œItâ€™s like an adultâ€™s playhouse, with lots of quirky spaces and little nooks and cranniesâ€.
Ms Foster was joined on the jury by Wellington architects Michael Melville and Morten Gjerde who lectures at the University of Victoriaâ€™s architecture department and is a consultant to the city council, and by visual artist Cathryn Monro who created the steel Per Capita sculpture on the corner of Cable Street and Tory Street.
As well as visiting all shortlisted properties, the judges met with the architects and clients. The buildings were judged against a series of key criteria including their contribution to the advancement of architecture as a discipline and enhancement of the human spirit.
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