Dining on a national feast of architectural design

Dining on a national feast of architectural design

While the regional architecture awards have been taking the spotlight as of late, Friday saw another set of awards dished out, this time by way of the ADNZ (Architectural Designers New Zealand)/Resene National Design Awards, which showcase the work of New Zealand’s growing number of architectural designers. 

The national awards come after a series of six regional awards events were held throughout July. All regional category winners’ projects selected from branches throughout New Zealand were considered for the National Awards presentation at the ADNZ/Resene Design Awards Gala Dinner in Nelson. 

Supreme Award 

For the first time in the 14-year history of the awards, the ‘Supreme Award’ was presented for a commercial building. That honour went to Cymon Allfrey of Cymon Allfrey Architects Ltd. His entry for the ‘Commercial Industrial Design Award’—a four level distribution centre on an unusual shaped industrial site bordered by busy arterial roads—took out the competition for the regional award and went on to win the Supreme nod. Given the difficulties of the industrial and environmental field, judges considered that the ‘great depth of design and convincing architectural presence sets the standard for the area’.  

Resene Colour in Design Award 

Later in the evening, Allfrey was again invited up to the winners’ podium to accept theResene Colour in Design Award’ for a colour scheme on school library extension, done in conjunction with his colleague, Craig South. Judges commented that the addition ‘built on the language of the existing buildings, culminating in a positive and vibrant space’. The electric blue and grey interior contrasts sharply with white and orange feature walls and counters to provide a multi functional and exciting interior space. Bulkheads, tiered platform seats, geometric forms and varied colours create zones within the library, accommodating a variety of user groups. 

Residential New Home up to 250sq Design Award 

Bryce Ardern, principal designer of Waiheke Island based practice Ardern Unique Design and Build, was awarded the Residential New Home up to 250sq Design Award. Judges applauded the project for its "strong commitment to sustainable design and materials selection that sets a quality standard for this section of the market". Adern was one of four finalists in his category.  

Residential New Home over 250sq Design Award 

Chris Sargeant of Chris Sargeant Design in Dunedin was awarded the Residential New Home over 250sq Design Award, for a substantial home created from a limited and unexpected palette of materials. A difficult site in the Dunedin suburb of Vauxhall presented a special challenge for the designer. 

Residential Multi-Unit Dwelling Design Award 

Will Tatton, of Will Tatton Architecturein Mt Maunganui, was awarded the Residential Multi-Unit Dwelling Design Award, for a beachfront Bond Street Apartment complex. Judges were impressed by the strong architectural lines of the three unit complex that took full advantage of the ocean views, minimised exposure to the elements and offered a superb aspect to the public domain with a stylish street frontage. The generous floor layout was enhanced by oversized, cavernous interior spaces and motorised five-metre high shutters that can be moved to create semi sheltered outdoor rooms.

Residential Alterations and Additions Design Award 

Renowned Christchurch architectural designer Bruce Banburyof Banbury Architects shared the Residential Alterations and Additions Design Award with Mark McLeay of Auckland practice Creative Arch. Banbury was recognised for a renovation project that transformed a Freemasons Lodge in Mt Somers, Canterbury, from a utilitarian hall structure into a superb gentlemen’s retreat. Extensive wood panelling and sumptuous interior fittings combine for an impressive luxury lodge that externally and internally is faithful to the heritage status of the original building. 

An Auckland studio apartment, cleverly wedged in between existing commercial buildings, and elevated to maximise the limited space, earned Mark McLeay, managing director of Creative Arch Ltd, the shared Residential Alterations and Additions Design Award. A circular external staircase, irregular shaped windows, an a-symmetric roof line and innovative use of materials prompted judges to comment that the building was ‘an unexpected celebration of the residual space and a witty contribution to a gritty context.’ 

More about the awards

Architectural Designers New Zealand Inc (ADNZ) was formed in 1996 to represent, promote and develop the skills and services of its members, who are all specialists in design and construction.  The annual ADNZ/Resene awards event is open to ADNZ members and provides an opportunity for architectural designers throughout the country to showcase their work and compare and celebrate their creative excellence with their peers and colleagues.

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