Anne Gibson

Property editor of the NZ Herald

Bold and beautiful ... architects' work recognised

Five new commercial and residential projects each won double awards at last night's annual Institute of Architects' Auckland awards.

Quad 5, an office block by Jasmax in Auckland Airport's office precinct, took commercial and sustainable architecture awards, the jury saying it was a benchmark building with its distinctive green living wall.

AUT's Sir Paul Reeves Building, also by Jasmax, won education and interior architecture awards. The jury praised it as a bold design, rich in texture and colour, which reclaimed an inner-city street for occupation by the university community.

That same AUT building also picked up a Best award from the Designers' Institute on Friday night.

A pair of modest affordable homes by Strachan Group Architects for community housing trust VisionWest won housing and sustainability prizes. The prefabricated houses have low-energy, passive-design principles and offer a social housing solution that reinforces community with its simplicity, and open and linked site relationships, the judges said.

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Strachan's Nikau House in Parnell won housing and sustainability awards and was described as "passively responsive to the environment with carefully considered placement of thermal mass and cross ventilation".

A Ngunguru house by Tennent + Brown Architects won housing and sustainability prizes.

"The architectural concept of a house as bush camp has been wonderfully played out in form and materiality," said the panel headed by Auckland architect Megan Rule.

Single award winners included Wynyard Quarter's new ASB North Wharf by Australia's BVN Donovan Hill and Jasmax, Victoria Park Markets' refurbishment by McKinney + Windeatt Architects, and Ponsonby's Mackelvie St Shopping Precinct by RTA Studio.

Altogether, 46 awards were presented and those winners are now eligible for national awards, due to be announced in May next year.
See the awards citations here.

- NZ Herald

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