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New Zealand architecture firms carve their name on the world stage in World Architecture Festival

A total of 14 projects from nine New Zealand firms were recognised by the Awards, which runs 15 to 17 November in Berlin, Germany. Last year, nine buildings and one landscape made the shortlist, with Kopupaka Reserve in Auckland’s Westgate taking out the World Landscape 2016 Award.

Entries are from far flung areas of the country, such as Emerson’s Brewery & Taproom in Dunedin by Beca Architects, the Christchurch Convention and Exhibition Centre that will open by the end of 2019 by Woods Bagot and a house inspired by the shape of a tent on Waiheke Island by Chris Tate Architecture.

Many of the finalists have also been winners in the past: In 2014, Fearon Hay Architects won the Display award in Completed Buildings category for its Te Kaitaka ‘The Cloak’ building, while its Dune House was the Villa category winner. RTA Studios’ Ironbank building snagged a commendation in 2009 in the Office/Mixed use category, while in 2012, in won the House category in Future Projects with its C3 House in Wanaka.

Competition is tough this year, as the firms will be up against architectural firms from a record number of countries: 68, to be exact.

Winners from each completed building category will then go on to compete for the coveted 2017 World Building of the Year.

Scroll down to see the full list of New Zealand finalists. 

Completed project finalists:

Mackelvie Precinct by RTA Studio – finalist in Mixed Use

ASB Waterfront Theatre in Auckland by Moller Architects and BVN Architecture – finalist in Culture

Pollen Street office in Auckland by RTA Studio – finalist in Office

Southern extension of the Wellington International Airport by Warren And Mahoney Architects – finalist in Transport

Emerson’s Brewery & Taproom in Dunedin by Beca Architects – finalist in Production, Energy & Recycling

Bishop Selwyn Chapel in Auckland by Fearon Hay Architects – finalist in Religion

Kauri Timber Building by Fearon Hay Architects – finalist in New and Old

Bach with Two Roofs, Golden Bay by Irving Smith Architects – finalist in Villa

Forest House in Auckland by Fearon Hay Architects – finalist in Villa

Tent House on Waiheke Island by Chris Tate Architect – finalist in Small Projects

Future project finalists:

Christchurch Convention and Exhibition Centre by Woods Bagot – finalist in Culture

Turanganui Bridge in Gisborne by Monk Mackenzie Architects and Novare – finalist in Infastructure


Edition in Auckland by Monk Mackenzie Architects – finalist in Residential

Queenstown House by Monk Mackenzie Architects – finalist in House

To see the full list of finalists, check out World Architecture Festival’s website.

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