Published 26 May 2008
The Institute of Architects has made 3 supreme awards, honoured another building for its endurance and recognised Ivan Mercep with its gold medal for his outstanding 50-year career in the profession.
The institute’s awards, in partnership with paint company Resene, were announced at the weekend. The institute makes its supreme awards to recognise exceptional architecture, for projects that have already won a national award.
The 3 supreme winners were Hills Clubhouse in Arrowtown, the Department of Conservation’s Conservation House in Wellington & Trinity Apartments in Parnell.
Massey House in Wellington, designed by Ernst Plischke & Cedric Firth in 1957, was recognised with an enduring award.
Judging panel convenor Pip Cheshire (Cheshire Architects Ltd, Auckland) said the winning buildings reflected the fact that New Zealand was increasingly producing buildings of international stature: “We are seeing a great deal more sophistication in New Zealand architecture. While solutions are responsive to the demands of New Zealand, they display a true knowledge of world conditions of architecture.”
Hills Clubhouse, designed for jeweller Michael Hill by Auckland-based Patterson Associates Ltd (Andrew Patterson), 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 highly sustainable principles.
Conservation House, in Manners St, Wellington, was redeveloped by Wellington-based architecture + from a series of 1980s buildings, including a former cinema. It’s regarded as one of New Zealand’s most environmentally friendly buildings.
Trinity Apartments, by Architectus (Carsten Auer, Malcolm Bowes, Patrick Clifford & Michael Thompson, Auckland), was built across the top of Parnell Rd from the Anglican Cathedral. The judges praised it for its rich streetscape and as “proof that apartment buildings can provide high quality environments and make significant contributions to the urban landscape”.
Mr Mercep was among founders of the Jasmax practice. The many acclaimed & award-winning projects he has worked on range from Te Papa Tongarewa – the Museum of New Zealand to Samoa House on Karangahape Rd and Auckland University’s Fale Pasifika complex.
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Attribution: Institute release, story written by Bob Dey for this website.