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    New Zealand Design Awards

    by ArchitectureWeek

    An imaginative yet respectful transformation of a post office into an art gallery, a spatially intriguing, energetic new school, and a simple, serene house that bridges culture and nature. These three projects have won National Awards in the New Zealand Institute of Architects annual celebration of the most successful of that country's new buildings.

    In addition to the awards for outstanding new architecture, a 25 Year Award recognizes a special building of enduring appeal. And a Gold Medal, the NZIA's highest award, acknowledges the lasting legacy of one of New Zealand's most influential firms.

    National Award Winners

    The New Gallery Building in Auckland by Mitchell and Stout Architects takes an imaginative approach to reusing a former post office in a manner that befits its new life as an art gallery. Notable features in the architects' respectful and skillful reworking of the building include the introduction of exterior balconies and canopies and the remodeling of an original central light well to create a lively, contemporary public space.

    "The architects' sensitivity to the distinctive features and qualities of the original structure has not blinded them to the possibilities of substantial change," said the NZIA judges. "The changes only serve to enhance and enliven the original building and the neighboring Khartoum Place."

     

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    The enduring qualities of Brake House won the New Zealand Institute of Architects' 25 Year Award for Mark-Brown Fairhead Sang Carnachan.
    Photo: Mark-Brown Fairhead Sang Carnachan

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    The scale, detail, and spatial clarity of Brake House make it a place for living in intimacy with the environment.
    Photo: Mark-Brown Fairhead Sang Carnachan

     

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