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World Architecture Festival reveals 2014 finalists

New Zealand repeats last year’s figures of seven New Zealand projects in the finals for the upcoming World Architecture Festival.

These are:
ASB North Wharf, Auckland, by BVN Donovan Hill and Jasmax
?The Regional Terminal at Christchurch Airport, by BVN Donovan Hill and Jasmax?
offSET Shed House, Gisborne, by Irving Smith Jack Architects
Christchurch Botanic Gardens, by Patterson Associates
Emerald Bluffs House, Wanaka, by RTA Studio
Dune House at Orewa, Auckland, by Fearon Hay Architects?
Te Kaitaka, a showcase building at Auckland Airport, by Fearon Hay Architects?

ASB North Wharf

The Singapore-held festival holds one of the largest architectural competitions worldwide. It’s open to entries of completed and future projects from more than 50 countries, across 30 categories. 

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o T?maki was given the top award of World Building of the Year at last year’s festival. 

General manager of Architectural Designers New Zealand, Astrid Andersen, said: “This announcement is testament to the significant talent, expertise and creativity that is flourishing in New Zealand. We have so many amazing opportunities to develop our unique perspective at the moment, that it is no surprise to me that we were so strongly represented.  

“These awards set the benchmark for design and the 47 strong international judging panel represent the leading lights in the sector. Many of the world’s most inspiring architects have received acclaim and recognition at these awards at some point during their career.

“This is all good for New Zealand and our sector as it turns the international spotlight in our direction and opens doors that may not otherwise be open. We should proud of this recognition and I look forward to hearing the final results”

Winners will be announced during the festival, which will this year take place from 1-3 October.

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