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The Dune House near Omaha was designed by Fearon Hay Architects to provide both protection and outlook.

The Dune House near Omaha was designed by Fearon Hay Architects to provide both protection and outlook. Image: Patrick Reynolds

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The Headland House by Stevens Lawson Architects commands a prominent position above the water at Onetangi, Waiheke Island.

The Headland House by Stevens Lawson Architects commands a prominent position above the water at Onetangi, Waiheke Island. Image: Mark Smith

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Designed by Tennent + Brown Architects, the Torea House’s slender red columns reference the brightly coloured beak of a <em>torea</em> bird.

Designed by Tennent + Brown Architects, the Torea House’s slender red columns reference the brightly coloured beak of a torea bird. Image: Paul McCredie

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A small brightly coloured bach near Waiuku designed by Pete Bossley Architects is the winner of this year’s award for small project architecture.

A small brightly coloured bach near Waiuku designed by Pete Bossley Architects is the winner of this year’s award for small project architecture. Image: Simon Devitt

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ASB North Wharf at Wynyard Quarter, Auckland, was named winner of the Commercial Architecture Award 2014.

ASB North Wharf at Wynyard Quarter, Auckland, was named winner of the Commercial Architecture Award 2014. Image: John Gollings

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The New Zealand Guest of Honour Pavilion at the 2013 Frankfurt Book Fair was designed by Patterson Associates and Inside Out Productions.

The New Zealand Guest of Honour Pavilion at the 2013 Frankfurt Book Fair was designed by Patterson Associates and Inside Out Productions. Image: Jean-Luc Laloux

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AUT Sir Paul Reeves Building by Jasmax was a winner in the Education and Planning and Urban Design categories.

AUT Sir Paul Reeves Building by Jasmax was a winner in the Education and Planning and Urban Design categories. Image: Simon Devitt

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The Regional Terminal at Christchurch Airport, by BVN Donovan Hill and Jasmax Architects.

The Regional Terminal at Christchurch Airport, by BVN Donovan Hill and Jasmax Architects. Image: John Gollings

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Winners of the New Zealand Architecture Awards 2014 were announced at an awards evening in Auckland last night (8 May). The awards recognised 15 exceptional projects, covering everything from an Auckland bank building to a German exhibition pavilion, from a tiny Waiuku bach to a sprawling Nelson house.

In the Housing category, Fearon Hay Architects wowed the jury with the Dune House in Omaha. “Domestic luxury cohabits harmoniously with natural beauty in this sophisticated and highly polished holiday house, a sanctuary in its suburban beach setting,” the jury said. 

Steven Lawson Architects won a Housing category award too, for a Waiheke Island project, the Headland House. The house, set modestly on its headland site, features warm and unexpected places behind hidden doors, the jury said. The combination of formal and informal spaces makes for a relaxed retreat.” Further south, the Torea House by Tennent + Brown Architects near Nelson also won a Housing category award for its relaxed, nuanced relationship with the surrounding garden.

Bossley Architects’ Arruba Bach near Waiuku won the Small Project category. The simple red box set among pohutukawa trees is “a sophisticated response to context and typological precedent,” the jury said. “In the nicest possible and most appropriate way, it may be described as ‘awkwardly perfect’.”

Commercially, the big winners of the night were BVN Donovan Hill in association with Jasmax for ASB North Wharf as well as the Regional Terminal at Christchurch Airport. Other commercial winners include the Victoria University Campus Hub by Architectus and Athfield Architects, the Jasmax-designed Sir Paul Reeves Building at AUT University and New Zealand Guest of Honour Pavilion by Patterson Associates and Inside Out Productions.

 For a full list of 2014 New Zealand Architecture Award winners, click here.


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