Shipping container café takes designer award

Shipping container café takes designer award

A North Shore café with a unique design philosophy has taken out the Supreme title at the 2013 ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards.

The ‘Long Bay Showroom and Café’ by Cameron Cotton of Cubular was named best architectural design from 130 entries across New Zealand.

General manager of ADNZ Astrid Andersen says the judges were delighted to see an entry which tackles the housing affordability crisis. “This design is robust, environmentally sustainable, energy efficient, affordable and re-locatable. It is also beautifully designed and constructed. The industrial nature of the shipping containers has been embraced, left unclad and painted with heavy duty matt black container paint. It is a beautiful mix of solid, ribbed, robust steel combined with smooth, translucent glass. ADNZ encourages all of its designers to look at solutions to New Zealand’s building problems – particularly designs which are as simple and as elegant as this one.”

Though ‘Long Bay Showroom and Café’ is a commercial design, Cotton’s company Cubular has produced a suite of residential and commercial designs that aim to provide an answer to housing affordability. Each design is custom built, innovative, well designed and can be shipped and relocated to anywhere in the world. The company utilises a combination of 20ft and 40ft, single and multi-level shipping containers in their designs.

A Bay of Plenty bach Cotton designed using the same design and construction principles won the ADNZ Resene Architectural ‘Residential Compact New Home up to 150 sqm’ Design Award at the Bay of Plenty regional awards. 

Judges of the ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards were Duncan Joiner, Tony van Raat and Italian architect Caterina Steiner.  

The ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards were held in Dunedin at a gala awards dinner on 27 September. The awards recognise successful design in residential and commercial architecture across a range of categories including new homes, multi-unit dwellings, interiors, alterations and additions and industrial design.

In addition to the supreme award winner, six designers from across the country were awarded national awards for their designs.

Waikato home ‘Campbell House’ designed by Kris Wilson of Design House Architecture Ltd won the Residential Compact New Home up to 150 sqm – Sponsored by Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment.

The Residential New Home between 150sqm and 300 sqm award – Sponsored by Gerard Roofs went to ‘Potter Hart House’ in Wellington by Brynn McCauley of BMC Design Ltd.

Christchurch architectural designer Cymon Allfrey of Cymon Allfrey Architects took out the Residential New Home over 300sqm award – sponsored by James Hardie for his design ‘Evans House’.

Waikato home ‘Blake Residence’ designed by Diana Blake of Diana Blake Design won the Residential Interiors Architectural Design Award.

The Residential Alterations & Additions Architectural Design Award went to Auckland home ‘Rothesay Bay House’ designed by Mark McLeay/ Daniel Eiem of Creative Arch.

‘R.A Design Studio’ by Tane Cox of Red Architecture in the Waikato won the best Commercial Interior award – Sponsored by GIB.