Jasmax shines at NZIA 2014 awards

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Sarah Rothwell

Jasmax is celebrating the success of three of its design teams, who each received a number of awards at this year’s New Zealand Institute of Architects awards held in Auckland on Friday night.

The jointly designed ASB North Wharf, in association with BVN Donovan Hill, received the highest architectural honour of the evening, in being awarded the 2014 New Zealand Architecture Medal. The building also received awards for Commercial Architecture, Interior Architecture and Sustainability.

The awards jurors described the new ASB headquarters as an “ambitious experiment in commercial architecture...It is a totally integrated project – an architectural realisation of a workplace philosophy, an exemplar of environmentally sustainable design and a contextually aware presence in a new maritime environment.”

“Banking is traditionally a business in which people know their place and keep to it. At ASB North Wharf, employees are encouraged to find their place and use it for a particular time or task. The result is an exuberant workplace with a variety of spaces for big and small meetings, private work and social interaction...In ASB North Wharf we may be seeing the future of office work.”

Another project completed in association with BVN won awards too. Air New Zealand’s Regional Lounge at Christchurch Airport was also recognised by the NZIA judging panel, in receiving awards for Commercial Architecture and Interior Architecture.

Described by the judges as “a delightful modern building that, with its casual intimacy, easy connection to the runway, and big views of airport activity tips its wing to the memory of the traditional New Zealand regional air terminal”.

And finally, and most certainly not least, AUT’s new Communications and Media school, the Sir Paul Reeves Building, received Awards for Education and Urban Design and Planning. The jury commented that “Materials are robust and not extravagant, but the building never feels cheap,” the jury said. “In the Sir Paul Reeves Building, AUT’s student will feel valued."

The National rounds of the NZIA awards follow the local rounds, winners of which were announced late in 2013 and included:

Auckland: ASB North Wharf, AUT Sir Paul Reeves Building, Quad5, The Surf Club at Muriwai

Canterbury: Air New Zealand’s Regional Terminal at Christchurch Airport

Wellington: Lambton Square Shopping Centre

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