Wānaka architects come away with wins
Posted at 6:00am Thursday 20 Aug, 2020 | By Pat Deavoll firstname.lastname@example.org
Two local Wanaka architecture firms won awards at the 2020 NZIA Southern Architecture Awards. Condon Scott Architects won an award in the Housing category for the Ruby Ridge House, and Allistair Madill Architects won an award in the Commercial Architecture category for the Wanaka Watersports facility.
The awards were live-streamed at the Wanaka Community Hub last Friday evening.
Judges said the Ruby Ridge house was an expertly crafted work that stood out as something extraordinary. The disciplined use of materials enhanced the curves of the built form, and the treatment of detailing was masterful.
Wanaka Watersports Facility's “richly textured and contoured façade belied the tough, functional requirements demanded by a project realised in a sensitive environmental zone,” said judges.
There were also significant natural obstacles to contend with, and the project was subject to intense and prolonged public scrutiny. An articulated form and complementary material selections break down the building mass so that over time it will visually blend into its setting. The design's “sensitivity and a generosity of spirit” have won over sceptics, and the facility has become a popular community hub. “The building demonstrates the value to the community of architecture that provides valuable social amenity and enhances the life of a town,” said judges.
Convenor of the judging Stacey Farrell said: “It's great to see architecture in our region in such resilient good health. It was refreshing to encounter so many projects pushing boundaries and embracing new technologies in the extreme climate we call home.
“Architects, clients and builders are demonstrating that we need to go over and above minimum requirements of thermal comfort and sustainability.”
View edition 988 of the Wānaka Sun here.