National nod: Anna-Maria Chin Architects' work on this Lake Hayes cottage has been recognised at the NZ Architecture Awards


Two gongs were handed out to Queenstowners on Wednesday night — one for an ice cream and one for a house.

At the New Zealand Ice Cream Awards 2020, presented in Auckland, Patagonia’s Alex Gimenez collected a champion award for his chocolate sorbet.

Chief judge Jackie Matthews says Patagonia, as with the other 13 champions, has ‘‘perfected all aspects of their product, including ingredients used, recipes, processing controls, packing and freezing’’.

‘‘It’s the attention to detail in every aspect and bringing it together with the right balance which achieves excellence.’’

Meanwhile, in Queenstown, architects gathered at Amisfield to watch a livestream of the New Zealand Architecture Awards, held this year in Christchurch.

Anna-Maria Chin Architects won an award in the housing alterations and additions category for their work on a Lake Hayes cottage.

The company moved and renovated an old cottage and connected it using a glass and timber bridge, which straddles a creek, linking to a new barn-like bedroom wing.

The jury praised a ‘‘seamless and well-proportioned’’ addition with its ‘‘subtle shifts from old to new’’.

‘‘Minimalist detailing confirms the bridge’s contemporary construction, yet
the feel of its interior is so established that it suggests it could be the oldest ‘found object’ on the site.

‘‘This addition is a beautiful pause between related worlds,’’ the jury says.

Meanwhile last Thursday MAS Architectures’ Matthew Anderson-Stewart received the Otago Southland commended award in the residential alterations and additions category for an ‘Arrowtown Cottage’ project, on Nairn Street.

Judges commented the simple, effective design transformed the quality of the interior spaces and the external outlook of the cottage, while retaining its character and enhancing some spatial qualities that had been lost in the course of time.