metropol » winners

Tag: winners

2020’s exceptional architectural identities: NZIA Awards


Post-quake, our rebuilding city was recognised as a commercial playground for talented teams to create dynamic, contemporary designs, alongside the strengthening of some of our more grandiose architectural identities.

 

 SHIRLEY BOYS’ & AVONSIDE GIRLS’ HIGH SCHOOLS

 

Although we’ve long since moved through the ‘rebuild’ phase of construction in our southern spot, the world-class level of architectural achievement has lost none of its momentum; a fact which is evident in the 35 local projects which have been shortlisted in the 2020 Canterbury Architecture Awards from a record number of entries in the awards programme of the Canterbury Branch of Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA).

HAUS ESPRESSO

The difficult task of shortlisting entries was handed to a jury led by Christchurch architect Huia Reriti, fellow Christchurch architects Bernadette Muir and Daniel Sullivan, Wellington architect Anne Kelly, and Christchurch architecture designer Tobin Smith.

“Making the shortlist is a significant achievement, especially in what was a very productive year for architecture in the Canterbury Branch region,” jury convenor Huia Reriti says.

FENDALTON HOUSE RESTORATION

“The shortlist includes outstanding examples of the wide range of buildings that architects design, from schools, offices, public buildings and churches to houses and apartments.”

Among the projects shortlisted for the 2020 Canterbury Architecture Awards, which is supported by Resene, are the restored Christchurch Town Hall and a new town square in Greymouth.

AO TAWHITI UNLIMITED DISCOVERY

‘Starchitecture’ is given a new meaning by two shortlisted projects – a building on the Ilam Campus of the University of Canterbury named for the eminent New Zealand astronomer Beatrice Tinsley, and the Dark Sky building in the Aoraki Mackenzie Basin.

The COVID-19 lockdown has meant that site visits to shortlisted projects by juries around the country have been put on hold.

Resumption of the visits or the adoption of alternative means of deciding award-winners are dependent on the national measures adopted to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.


 

Illustrious HOTY winners


Celebrating building excellence in New Zealand, the prestigious Registered Master Builders House of the Year competition awards the best homes, builders and craftsmen across our country for 2019.

 

PLUMBING WORLD BATHROOM EXCELLENCE AWARDS GREGG BUILDERS FOR A HOME IN FENDALTON, CHRISTCHURCH

 

Supreme House of the Year and Craftmanship Award
First-time competition entrant Spearhead Developments of Central Otago took the top award for their work on the Hawk House.

The new build also took out the Craftmanship and CARTERS $1-1.5 million New Home awards.

Judges acknowledged this home to be a technical challenge in every respect.

“The Hawk House is an architectural masterpiece that sits high in the hills between Cromwell and Wanaka.

Mimicking native hawks, the unique form and use of natural material has created an incredible home that peacefully nestles into its stunning surrounding landscape.

“This is no ordinary bach. It is a home that surprises you at every turn”, says the 2019 judges.

Renovation up to $500K
TMT Construction for a home in Strowan, Christchurch

Supreme Renovation of the Year Award
Spice Build has won the Supreme Renovation Award with the restoration of a historic 135-year-old church in Petone, Wellington.

The property was also runner-up for the Craftsmanship Award.

Judges said the renovation “demonstrated a vision that is nothing short of exceptional.

“The build process saw a fantastic collaboration between the owner and builder, with a result that can only be described as a masterpiece. It has perfectly retained the original character of the building, all while breathing new life into it with a stunning apartment conversion”.

Special Award
The Special Award category was introduced last year to recognise outstanding projects or build elements.

Highly worthy of this accolade, Urban Homes claimed this award for its home in Kaipaki, Cambridge.

Tasked to create a home reminiscent of a DOC hut, hidden away on an idyllic riverside site, the judges said, “The unassuming yet sophisticated home has managed to blend its beauty appropriately with the neighbouring natural environment.

“Both the consideration given to this project and the owners’ dedication to preserving the natural beauty of this site are absolutely commendable, and makes this home strongly deserving of this Special Award.”

An additional 15 categories and four lifestyle awards were also announced and Registered Master Builders Chief Executive David Kelly says the organisation is proud to showcase the best of New Zealand residential buildings.

“As the building boom continues, we must ensure our focus is on building quality homes, quickly and efficiently across all price brackets,” he says.

“As New Zealand’s leaders in residential building, it is exciting to see innovative approaches coming through in the homes showcased at this year’s awards.

This competition sets the standard of what is possible and is an inspiration to others across the sector.”

The awards are made possible through the support of PlaceMakers, Master Build 10-Year Guarantee, GIB, CARTERS, Plumbing World, Altus Window Systems, Resene and Bunnings Warehouse.

For more information about the competition, visit the HOTY website.