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.