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Pink cycle path's design a winner

The LightPath has been a winner with cyclists and now has been judged the winner of the John Scott Award for Public Architecture in the New Zealand Architecture Awards.
The LightPath has been a winner with cyclists and now has been judged the winner of the John Scott Award for Public Architecture in the New Zealand Architecture Awards.

The Devonport Library, the pink LightPath/Canada Street Bridge and a Hawkes Bay school are among 28 of the best New Zealand's best new buildings and structures.

The NZ Institute of Architects announced its national awards for a wide variety of project including residential houses, apartments. a factory a bus interchange and other types of buildings.

Athfield Associates won for the seaside Devonport library which the judges found had quickly become a valued community asset with "generous and engaging spaces, its combination of relaxed ambience and busy occupation lending it an admirable vitality."

Monk MacKenzie,working with GHD, Landlab and Novare Design, won for the Auckland CBD path and bridge "fun as well as functional. It's a surprising and uplifting project that sends a message that Auckland is becoming a people-centred city."

RTA Studio won for Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Ngati Kahungununu o Te Wairoa, a small Maori school in Wairoa in the northern Hawkes Bay, "an exemplary case of architecture helping to make a difference.

The school's architecture sends a message to its students that their community values them and has high expectations of them."

Parsonson Architects won for Wellington's multi-unit Zavos Corner, while Patterson Associates won for a group of Banks Peninsula holiday houses.

Architectus' Christchurch Bus Interchange was praised as a high quality public building while Jasmax's APL Factory in Hamilton was lauded as "a spacious light-filled working environment, already an architectural landmark."

Tennent Brown Architects won for the Aro Ha Wellness Retreat at Glenorchy while McKinney + Windeatt Architects won for Fortieth & Hurstmere, the new arcade of cafes and restaurants in Takapuna.

Devonport Library by Athfield Architects
Devonport Library by Athfield Architects

St Cuthbert's College Centennial Centre for Wellbeing in Epsom won in the education category for Architectus, "with one of the country's best swimming pools in a venue that encourages both elite performance and enjoyable participation."

Christchurch's Mary Potter Apartments by Warren and Mahoney Architects "shows deep respect for the social mission of the client and the needs of residents."

Six new houses spread throughout New Zealand won residential awards: Richard Naish of RTA Studio won for his E-Type House in Grey Lynn; Herbst Architects won for Bramasole at Waimauku and for the K Valley House near Thames; Anna-Marie Chin Architects won for Tom's House near Queenstown; Lovell and O'Connell Architects won for a Wanaka house; and Mitchell & Stout Architects won for their Belmont garden room extension on the North Shore.

Jasmax won two interior category prizes for work on New Zealand Post House in Wellington and 141 Cambridge Terrace-Lane Neave Building.

Work on two historic sites was also recognised: Studio of Pacific Architecture working on Gummer and Ford's Carillon and Hall of Memories in Wellington and Architects 44 for the revitalisation of one of New Zealand's most important Maori churches, Toko Toru Tapu Church at Manutuke near Gisborne.

Small projects awards went to RTA Studio's Cadrona Hut near Wanaka, Architectus' Number 5 on Waiheke Island and Lynda Simmons Architect's studio and garden room in the Peters House in Pakuranga.

Enduring architecture awards went to the late Sir Ian Athfield's Tasman Bay family bach and Hendry and Mitchener's St Andrew's Church at Le Bon's Bay on Banks Peninsula.

The awards, sponsored by Resene, were announced in Wellington.

- NZ Herald

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