Napier dominates at 2011 Gisborne/Hawkes Bay Architecture Awards

Napier dominates at 2011 Gisborne/Hawkes Bay Architecture Awards

The pool of winners from the 2011 Gisborne/Hawkes Bay Architecture Awards may be on the smaller side — a regular theme in this year’s NZIA regional awards — but they’re well worth a look.  Seven projects took out an award, which were announced at an event in the Hawke’s Bay Opera House. 

“It was very pleasing to see that good quality architecture is being produced in the region, despite the tight budgets that are now the rule,” said architect and convenor of the awards jury, Graham Johnstone.

Napier projects made their presence known, with five of the seven winners located in the city. The winners, complete with judges comments, follow:

Small Project Architecture 

workPOP: Studio for an artist, by Ashley Cox Architect 

This artist studio works well on all levels:  as a sculptural form; as a flexible and functional space for the preparation of works of art; through its relationship to site; and as an uplifting internal space. Structure, materials, space, and form are beautifully integrated to realise the idea of the studio as a series of extruded picture frames. The provision and control of natural light is one of the design generators and the building is very successful in this respect.  

Public Architecture 

EIT Trades and Technology Training Centre, by Paris Magdalinos Architects Ltd 

This large training centre meets its design and functional objectives in interesting, creative and sometimes dramatic ways. In planning, it provides dedicated spaces for specific activities, with flexible spaces, which encourage cross-discipline learning, in between. The exposure of the services and tectonics of the structure appeals in a building that houses students in the building and engineering trades. The external aesthetic relates well to existing buildings on the campus.  

Napier Girls High School – New Hall Entrance, by Paris Magdalinos Architects Ltd 

This simple glass box provides a light and airy ceremonial entrance and gathering space for the school. It sits comfortably beside the adjacent classroom block and is a good space from which to view the spectacular Rita Angus mural mounted on the back wall. The roller blind which incorporates the school crest assists nicely in providing shade to the artwork. 

Commercial Architecture 

Anglican Diocese of Waipu: Van Arts & Co Tenancy, by Opus Architecture 

This contemporary staircase is a cleanly articulated structure with crisply detailed glass, steel and terracotta block. A foil to the mass of the adjacent cathedral, it also picks up on some of that building’s proportions while connecting the fountain green in front of the cathedral and the courtyard trees to the solid interior of the tenancy above. The tenancy itself has a simple aesthetic which complements the rhythm of the existing windows on the cathedral green side.  

Residential Architecture 

Taylor/Ingram House, by Clarkson Architects 

This pavilion house sits comfortably on the hillside, presenting a special but not too dominant horizontal form when viewed from below. The planning consists of a series of linked pavilions orientated towards the spectacular views. Each pavilion opens to outdoor spaces, one of which incorporates solar control through use of electronic louvres. The exterior colour and material choices are sympathetic to the environment and the house seamlessly blends design and functionality.  

Bates House, by Clapcott Consultancy Limited 

This project successfully fits a suitably scaled house on to a very tight section. The well designed central courtyard sits perfectly in relation to the living spaces that surround it on all but the northern sunny side. The materials used are appropriate to a building of this scale, selected vistas from the interior spaces into the landscaped areas are cleverly provided, and good colour choices have been made.  

Waipatiki Beach House, by Assembly Architects Ltd 

This house stands out on arrival at Waipatiki beach as the most interesting built form in the vicinity.  The crisp twin boxes are carefully placed on the site and maximise the views while taking the elements into account. The living spaces open up fully to a large expanse of decking which relates to the views but at the same time provides some privacy from the neighbouring section. Together, the materials chosen are an excellent selection for the location, and ease of construction was achieved through the Architect’s very comprehensive set of three-dimensional drawings. 

Sustainable Architecture

EIT Trades and Technology Training Centre, by Paris Magdalinos Architects Ltd 

Appropriately, given its educational purpose, this building has been designed to high standards of sustainability. Suitable material choices, the inclusion of a variable refrigerant system for the air conditioned office spaces, and the diversion of waste building materials from a landfill all contributed to the sustainability success of this development

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