NZIA Local Branch Awards 2015

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Sarah Rothwell

The year’s round of Local Architecture Awards have come to a close, with various branch ceremonies highlighting just a selection of the projects and developments that are shaping new cities, towns and communities across the country.

We were pleased to have the opportunity to enter some of our recent projects into the awards, and in three cases were very happy to congratulate the design teams whose projects were announced Winners:

Avondale College - awarded winner in the Education category by the Auckland Branch

Judges' citation: "The completion of a three-stage, four-year project at this large, aspirational state high school has given its community buildings that it can be inspired by and proud of. Deploying the language of an urban street, the arrangement of confident buildings and courtyards, which are given texture and interest via textured concrete formwork and coloured plywood paneling, must surely energise and affirm its pupils each day. The environment within which they easily move is assured and sophisticated, the well-appointed teacher work rooms must be a delight to their users, and the retention of a wing of the school’s historic early buildings is to be applauded.”

Bay Oval Trust Carrus Pavilion - awarded winner in the Public Architecture category by the Waikato / BOP Branch

Judges' citation: "Located within a large community park between the Port of Tauranga and seaside Mt Maunganui, the new home for Bay of Plenty Cricket has been designed with aplomb. The pavilion, which meets the requirements for hosting international cricket, while serving the more prosaic requirements of local users, is both robust and elegant. Thick timber beams and in situ concrete walls ensure the building will endure any hard knocks, while the distinguished curve of the pavilion roofline, echoed by the sweeping terraces of the foreground, reflects the sweeping geometry of the oval itself.”

Three35 - awarded winner in the Commercial Architecture category by the Canterbury Branch

Judges' citation: "Commercial buildings outside the CBD that adopt an urban typology which responds to the street and urban context are rare. This project demonstrates the benefit of giving preference to the public realm and diminishing the impact of car access and parking.

Two restrained and well detailed three-level office buildings are positioned at the street edge, separated by a well-proportioned public courtyard. At certain places the plan inflects inwards, a playful gesture for what could have been a severe façade. A brise soleil of vertical fins provide giving shade and privacy to the tenants, and shade and depth to the building mass.

Three35 is smart, professional and considered. The development and its public space contributes an urbane identity to the emerging business character of Lincoln Road."

In addition, we would like to congratulate the design teams whose projects were successfully shortlisted as Finalists: Shed 10, Lot3 and Merchant Quarter Mixed Use Development (See also Merchant Quarter Residential Tower for Urban Planning aspects).

The winning projects will now enter the National round of the 2015 awards.

Watch this space!

(To find out more about the awards, Click Here)

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