Queenstown architects and buildings win southern awards

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Striking designs have seen Queenstown architects and buildings dominate the Southern Architecture Awards 2011. 

Winning entries include purposeful public buildings and beautiful homes that will make neighbours’ hearts ache with jealousy. 

Eight buildings either in Queenstown or designed by local architects were recognised in the awards, which celebrates the best of Otago and Southland architecture each year. 

Judge Brent Knight, a Dunedin architect, says: “The high number of entries and the high standard of winners are signs that the region’s architects are doing good work in difficult times. 

“We were impressed by some significant community and public buildings, and found that this was also a very strong year for residential architecture.” 

The category winners now go through to the New Zealand Architecture Awards, which will be announced in May. 

2001 Southern Architecture Awards 

Commercial Architecture 
Church Street Development, Queenstown – MAP (2010) Ltd
Extend­ing over a large block in the town centre, this “immaculately detailed” mixed-used development con­­trasts stone and timber with steel and glass. 

Public Architecture
Remarkables Primary School, Queenstown – Babbage Consultants Ltd
This “simple and bold” building concept was informed by advanced developments in creative learning. In the new school, layered teaching spaces open out to a play-and-recreation space sheltered by the crescent-shaped form of the building. 

Residential Architecture – houses
Peninsula Road House, Queenstown
– Warren and Mahoney Architects Ltd
On a difficult site, the architect has created a “fluent sequence of spaces” that interrelate with each other and the lake views beyond. This is a well-detailed house that is “very difficult to leave”.
Whakatipua Addition, Arrowtown. 

– Michael Wyatt Architect Ltd
The addition “genuinely complements” Whakatipua, the original iconic house designed by Peter Beaven. Formally organised, restrained and eminently livable.
Mt Iron House, Wanaka – Crosson Clarke Carnachan Chin Architects Ltd (Arrowtown)
This “deceptively simple yet refined” family retreat uses carefully considered materials and has beautifully crafted details. 

Queenstown House (Shotover)
– Thom Craig Architects Ltd
This “subtle yet striking” holiday home exhibits a deep understanding of landscape context and the “ethos of retreat”. Set back from the edge of an old river terrace, the folded form, clad with cedar battens, reflects the textures of the Shotover Valley. 

Queenstown House – Michael Wyatt Architect Ltd
The modest street presence of this two-level house opens up to a generous family home, which is immaculately detailed. The house is a “genuine, comfortable retreat” for extended family gatherings within the bustle of central Queenstown. 

Residential Architecture – multiple housing
Lakeside West, Queenstown – ASC Architects
This complex is a “laudable” result from an architect working on a “difficult site and in challenging circumstances”. Scale is used to provide interest to the public elevation facing Lake Wakatipu, and the design logic adds real value to a commercial endeavor.