Buildings in Kawerau, Lake Waikaremoana, and Kinloch have been shortlisted for the 2017 New Zealand Architecture Awards.

Kawerau's Tarawera High School, by RTA Studio, is a finalist in the education category, The Kinloch Club near Taupo, by Patterson Associates, in the housing category, and Te Wharehou o Waikaremoana at Lake Waikaremoana, by Tennent+Brown Architects, is in the public architecture category.

Earlier this year The Kinloch Club was a winner in the hospitality and retail category at the 2017 Waikato/Bay of Plenty Architecture Awards.

Awards convener Steven Chambers said the building "reflects the design team's commitment to creating environments that are dramatic yet comfortable, lavish yet not ostentatious, and that yield spaces with a human quality and sense of welcome".

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Kawerau's Tarawera High School by RTA Studio is a finalist in the education category. Photo/Supplied
Kawerau's Tarawera High School by RTA Studio is a finalist in the education category. Photo/Supplied

Mr Chambers said Tarawera High School was an "inspiring exemplar of architecture embedded in place and community".

"It exceeds the potential limitations of budget to deliver uplifting and authentic innovative learning environments."

Fifty-one projects nationwide have been shortlisted for the awards to be held at the Viaduct Events Centre in Auckland on November 10.

Housing is the strongest category in the awards, with 17 finalists. There are seven finalists in both the public architecture and commercial architecture categories, five in the heritage category and four in the education category.

Te Wharehou o Waikaremoana at Lake Waikaremoana by Tennent+Brown Architects. Photo/Supplied
Te Wharehou o Waikaremoana at Lake Waikaremoana by Tennent+Brown Architects. Photo/Supplied

Three of the finalists are architecture practices' own offices.

The convener of the awards jury, Arrowtown architect Louise Wright, said the relatively high number of shortlisted projects was testament to a strong year in New Zealand architecture.

"The range and quality of recent architecture projects made it difficult to decide what to leave off the shortlist," Ms Wright said.

She and fellow jury members, Auckland architects Lance Herbst and Jack McKinney and Australian architect Kerry Clare, will visit all of the shortlisted projects later this month.

Ms Wright said Auckland architecture was evidently booming and it was good to see a stream of strong projects emerging in Christchurch.

The Kinloch Club in Taupo by Patterson Associates
The Kinloch Club in Taupo by Patterson Associates

"The jury is also pleased that there are strong award contenders in the public architecture category."

Buildings in the categories of housing, commercial, education and public architecture will be considered for signature awards named for four influential New Zealand architects: Sir Ian Athfield, Sir Miles Warren, Ted McCoy and John Scott.

2017 New Zealand Architecture Awards - shortlist by category
Commercial
South Bloc, Hamilton by Edwards White Architects
Kauri Timber Building, Auckland by Fearon Hay Architects
SGA Studio and Workshops, Auckland by SGA - Strachan Group Architects
133 Molesworth Street, Wellington by Studio of Pacific Architecture
Wellington International Airport Limited Terminal South Extension by Warren and Mahoney Architects
Quad 7, Auckland by Warren and Mahoney Architects
Mason Bros., Auckland by Warren and Mahoney Architects

Education
WelTec School of Construction, Wellington by Designgroup Stapleton Elliott
AUT Mana Hauora (MH) Building, Auckland by Jasmax
New Law & Management Building, University of Waikato, Hamilton by Opus Architecture

Enduring Architecture
151 Queen Street (1992), Auckland by Peddle Thorp Aitken
18 Butler Street (1987), Christchurch by Maurice Mahoney Architect
St Patrick's College Chapel, Silverstream (1977), Upper Hutt by William Pearson Architect

Heritage
Hutt City Council Administration Building Refurbishment by architecture+
Australis Nathan, Auckland by Peddle Thorp
The Suter Art Gallery - Te Aratoi o Whakatū, Nelson by Warren and Mahoney Architects, Jerram Tocker Barron Architects and Ian Bowman Architect and Conservator
Christchurch Arts Centre Clock Tower & Great Hall by Warren and Mahoney Architects
The Christchurch Club by Warren and Mahoney Architects

Housing
The Kinloch Club, Kinloch by Patterson Associates
Pukapuka Rd House, Mahurangi by Belinda George Architects
Hamilton Family Home, Arrowtown by Bull O'Sullivan Architecture
Town House, Cambridge by Christopher Beer Architect
Forest House, Auckland by Fearon Hay Architects
Inland House, Mangawhai by Gerrad Hall Architects
Matakana House by Glamuzina Architects and Paterson Architecture Collective in association
Point Chevalier House, Auckland by Guy Tarrant Architects
Davis House, Auckland by Mercer and Mercer Architects
Point Wells Gables by Paterson Architecture Collective, Steven Lloyd Architecture and Glamuzina Architects in association
Fendalton Road House, Christchurch by Patterson Associates
Paoneone, Bay of Islands by Patterson Associates
339, Auckland by SGA - Strachan Group Architects
Millbrook House, Arrowtown by Sumich Chaplin Architects

Housing - Alterations and Additions
Herne Bay House Alteration, Auckland by Gerrad Hall Architects
Bach with Two Roofs, Golden Bay by Irving Smith Architects

Housing - Multi Unit
Kāinga Tuatahi, Auckland by Stevens Lawson Architects
Verto Apartments, Auckland by Warren and Mahoney Architects

Interior Architecture
Faraday Street Studio, Auckland by Fearon Hay Architects
Diver Apartment, Christchurch by MAP (2016)
Peddle Thorp, Auckland by Peddle Thorp

Planning & Urban Design
Mackelvie Precinct, Auckland by RTA Studio
BNZ Centre, Christchurch by Sheppard & Rout Architects

Public Architecture
Lesieli Tonga Auditorium, Auckland by Bull O'Sullivan Architecture
Christchurch North Methodist Church by Dalman Architects
Bishop Selwyn Chapel, Auckland by Fearon Hay Architects
Bullets & Balls (Nelson Cricket and Nelson Rifle Associations Practice Facility) by Irving Smith Architects
St John's Church, Hamilton by MOAA Architects
ASB Waterfront Theatre, Auckland by Moller Architects and BVN in association
Te Wharehou o Waikaremoana, Lake Waikaremoana by Tennent+Brown Architects

Small Project Architecture
h01 house, Christchurch by Maguire and Harford Architects
Waiheke Gateway Pavilion by Stevens Lawson Architects