Opus Architecture team leader Eqo Leung was stunned when he collected the one-&-only NZ Architecture Medal this year, and has now learned he & his team are finalists in the World Architectural Festival awards to be held in Spain in November.
Architects from more than 80 countries attend the festival and Opus’s design of the Wilson School at Takapuna will be looked at by more than 2000 of the world’s top architects.
David Quinlan, national architecture manager for Opus, is proud of his team, which embraces many cultures & ethnicities. Eqo Leung, now 36, was a teenage migrant to New Zealand with his family from Hong Kong. When he graduated from Auckland University he got his first job making models.
Now Mr Leung is to present at the festival on how he found inspiration for the project – a finalist in the learning category of the awards.
The Wilson School has already attracted attention from international educationalists as a model for a purpose-built school for special needs students. Specialised facilities include 6 classrooms, a multi-purpose space & specialist therapy rooms.
The Wilson School board & staff have acknowledged Mr Leung for listening to their needs and creating a building that blends beautifully with its tree-clad site on Lake Rd, between Takapuna & Devonport.
New Zealand has 4 other finalists in the world festival awards – Fearon Hay (Northern Club), Pacific Environments (Yellow Treehouse Restaurant), RTA Studio (Ironbank) and Warren & Mahoney (NZi3 Innovation Institute).
Opus Architecture has more than 100 staff and is a division of multinational group Opus International Consultants Ltd.
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Attribution: Company release, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.