Each year since 1927, the New Zealand Institute of Architects offers an Awards programme to showcase and celebrate top quality architecture in New Zealand. Scooping up the 2008 NZIA Supreme awards on saturday night 24 may 2008 were three projects from around the country.
Three outstanding buildings from across the country have been honoured in the New Zealand Institute of Architects Resene Supreme Awards for Architecture 2008. Hills Clubhouse in Arrowtown, DoC’s Conservation House in Wellington and Trinity Apartments in Auckland were named as winners of the country’s highest award for architecture at a gala dinner in Auckland on May 24 Hills Clubhouse in Arrowtown Hills Clubhouse, designed for an jeweller by Auckland-based Patterson Associates Ltd, was created to seamlessly integrate with the landscape. Less than a quarter of the clubhouse is above ground, the roof is topped with native tussock and it is built to the highest sustainable principles. »Citation : The pavilion perfectly houses the clubhouse program involving back of house support, entertainment and observation and makes a splendid pot like sculpture just off the eighteenth green. The expressive use of structural engineering and reflective interiors make a memorable entry to the course and a triumphant nineteenth hole.« Conservation House DoC’s Conservation House was redeveloped by Wellington-based architecture+ from a series of 1980’s buildings including a former cinema. It is now regarded as one of New Zealand’s most environmentally friendly buildings. »Citation : An inspired reconfiguring of existing buildings has created a masterful workplace solution for a government agency around a central organizing void that orientates the visitor, facilitates better communication between those working there and is an integral part of the building’s program of sustainability and low energy use. The building’s environmental control systems are cleverly exploited to create a lively and protected rooftop garden, meeting rooms and café. This is adaptive reuse at its best and will be a benchmark for the future.«