2018 New Zealand architecture awards announced

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River Retreat, Taupiri, Edwards White Architects. Photo: Simon Wilson

This year’s best architecture and the NZIA Gold Medal, an award for career achievement were announced at a celebratory dinner at Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington. The New Zealand Architecture Awards is a peer-reviewed programme run by the NZIA with the support of Resene.

This year’s awards jury, which was led by Auckland architect Richard Goldie and included Wellington architect John Melhuish, Dunedin architect Andrea Bell and Melbourne architect Amy Muir, visited 53 shortlisted buildings on a nationwide tour in August.

Goldie said it was a pleasure to encounter such a wide range of accomplished architectural projects.

“The good news is that New Zealanders across the country are expecting more of the buildings in their towns and cities,” Goldie said. “And rightly so – every community should have buildings that set a benchmark for quality and usability.” 

For Edwards White Architects, the Awards evening was a particularly successful event. The Hamilton practice won four national awards including; 

Sir Miles Warren Award for Commercial Architecture – Mezz Box, an addition to a Hamilton riverside heritage building designed by Edwards White Architects

Commercial category, – Mezz Box, “an elegant addition that fulfils its commercial function, enhances the existing building and makes a commendable contribution to the public realm of the new Victoria on the River park.”

Planning and Urban Design – Victoria on the River. The Hamilton urban park designed by Edwards White Architects in association with Aecom marks a “paradigm shift in Hamilton”, the jury said.

Victoria on the River, Hamilton, Edwards White Architects and AECOM New Zealand in association. Photo: Simon Wilson

“At last, a well-planned and well executed connection has been established between the CBD and the river that runs through the city and was the reason for its foundation.”

Small Project – River Retreat, a compact Taupiri house recognised in the Small Project category.

The house designed by an architect for his own family is “small but sufficient”, the jury said. “The clever design is an economic but also romantic response to site conditions – the busy highway to the east and the Waikato River right on the property boundary to the west.”

Edwards White Architects, a Hamilton based practice launched in 2005 believes in relationships and collaboration as integral to a successful outcome. With a passion for architecture in a diverse range of project types and budgets, these opportunities enhance a sense of community and create spaces for people to enjoy. And it is exciting to work with developers who are recognising the inherent value in the city’s older buildings and what can be achieved with the input of quality design.

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