ARTICLE IN THE PRESS – 22/05/2015
The Christchurch rebuild has taken centre stage at this year’s Canterbury Architecture Awards.
Christchurch’s Botanic Gardens visitor centre, Hagley Oval pavilion, and Isaac Theatre Royal were among 25 buildings to win awards in a ceremony on Thursday evening.
Jury convenor Tim Nees said architects had produced excellent work in a frustrating rebuild environment.
“Architects in Christchurch have been challenged,” he said.
“To develop a design and see it through such altered circumstances and still produce a meaningful building takes skill, patience and perseverance”.
Christchurch-based firm Warren and Mahoney were the biggest winners, taking home six awards.
The judges described the firm’s “painstaking restoration” of the Isaac Theatre Royal as “respectful and skilful”, and ensured the “undeniably charming presence in the city will be enjoyed by generations to come”.
The gardens visitor centre received praise as a contemporary building which referenced traditional garden glasshouses.
The Hagley Oval pavilion, the judges said, showed “graceful handling of materials and details” which “gives the structure an expressive profile and luminous interior”.
The list of winners:
Three35, Addington (Jasmax)
177 Victoria Street (MAP)
Stranges and Glendenning Hill buildings, (Sheppard & Rout)
Young Hunter House (Sheppard & Rout)
Lyttelton Studio Retreat (Bull Osullivan Architecture)
Christchurch Eye Surgery Clinic (Wilson & Hill Architects)
Whareora, CPIT (Athfield Architects)
Kidsfirst, Diamond Harbour (Opus Architecture)
Te Kete Ika, Lincoln University, (Sheppard & Rout)
Munro House (1968) (Warren and Mahoney)
Knox Presbyterian Church Rebuild (Wilkie + Bruce Architects)
Merivale Retail (Thom Craig Architects)
Isaac Theatre Royal (Warren and Mahoney)
Hagley Oval Pavilion (Athfield Architects)
Christchurch Botanic Garden Visitors Centre (Patterson Associates)
Matariki, Canterbury University (Warren and Mahoney)
Secondary Data Centre, Canterbury University (Warren and Mahoney)
Ruataniwha Civic Centre, Kaiapoi (Warren and Mahoney)
Lincoln Library and Service Centre (Warren and Mahoney)
Twizel Public Toilets (DLA Architects)
Brooklands Lagoon Public Toilet (Opus Architecture)
Villa Close (Thom Craig Architects)
Loudon Homestead (Sheppard & Rout)
Cashel Street Townhouses (Athfield Architects) <———————————————
Warrander Studio, (First Light Studio, Makers of Architecture)