Wakatipu designs help architect win awards


Two innovative buildings in the Wakatipu have helped propel their architect to international recognition.

Aucklander Andrew Patterson – who designed the AJ Hackett Bungy Centre at Gibbston and The Hills Clubhouse, near Arrowtown – has been named as one of five architects set to shape the future of architecture in the 21st century.

Other winners chosen by a panel of acclaimed architects hail from Norway, Japan, Denmark and Spain.

The world’s top architectural journal, World Architectural News, plans to name another 16 firms for its “21 for the 21 Awards”.

The bungy centre and The Hills Clubhouse were among five works submitted by Patterson’s firm for the awards.

The semi-underground Clubhouse took out the New Zealand Supreme Award for Architecture in 2008.

Patterson has described it to Mountain Scene as “probably the world’s first interactive golf clubhouse, because it’s part of the course”.

“There’s stainless steel mesh on it because it’s actually in play – someone banging a show down the 18th fairway may hit the building – and it will go ‘cling’.”

Patterson’s practice is known in NZ for projects involving sustainability, energy efficiency and environmental issues.