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Stunning Wakatipu buildings star at the Southern Architecture Awards

We all know Queenstown’s got great scenery – but how about some of its buildings?

Several of the Wakatipu’s best designs – and the architects who designed them – were acknowledged at the Southern Architecture Awards last Friday night at a lavish do at the Jack’s Point Clubhouse, one of the winners on the night.

All the winners are now candidates for the New Zealand Architecture Awards, to be decided early next year and followed in May by a gala dinner to recognise the finalists in the running for the prestigious NZ Architecture Medal.

Just one medal is presented annually. Southern Architecture Award winners are:

Jack’s Point Clubhouse

Jeremy Kingan Architect and Darby Partners in association

Commercial

Judges say: “Without mimicking any historic language a simple palette of natural materials and recycled elements is used to create a building that feels substantial and durable. Large warm flexible spaces can shift as the development matures.

Dramatic in scale, the building’s design also recog­nises the climatic extremes of the area.”

Coal Pit Road Winery, Gibbston

Architecture Workshop Ltd

Commercial

Judges say: “The intention was to make an ‘elegant shed’ to house a winery.

A minimum gradient gable roof floats over heavy cloistered precast concrete walls set into the ground.

The gentle canopy evokes the woolshed forms of earlier times, recalling the previous pastoral land use.

Elegant connections of structure and basic raw materials thoughtfully detailed and resolved. Simplicity and effortless functionality characterise this building.”

Kelvin Heights residence

Warren and Mahoney Ltd

Residential

Judges say: “This large house successfully addresses issues regarding its scale and siting in relation to neighbours by providing well-lit spaces with spectacular views.

The flawless detailing and spatial configurations combine with some spaces which seem to ‘swallow you up’.

The natural materials are deliberately restrained as a complement to the view. This is a most impressive house, beautifully executed.”

Park Street, Queenstown residence

2 Architecture Studio Ltd

Residential

Judges say: “A demanding brief required the integration of an orthodontist clinic into a limited existing footprint and adjoining residence.

The resolution is sophisticated, featuring nicely composed black volumes.

Punched-in windows and balconies carefully pick out views and amplify the quality of light in the building.

There is a carefully applied attention to detail.”

Lakeside Estates residence

2 Architecture Studio Ltd

Residential

Judges say: “A complex and difficult client brief stipulated a Japanese-style interior within the covenanted restrictions on the exterior design.

Main bedroom wing is an unexpected surprise of beautifully created spaces where the clients apparently spend most of their time.

Flexibility of space and beautifully crafted rooms with attention to fine detail are the hallmarks of an outstanding piece of design.”

Balfour Stables, Lower Shotover

Jackie Gillies and Associates

Heritage

Judges say: “This is a sensitive contemporary insertion into an historic stone stable building.

The exterior offers no clues as to what’s inside; once through the door the interior opens up to light-filled living spaces.

The detailing is simple using a combination of raw and refined materials, with sympathetic materials and colours.

Cleverly incorporated subtle visual references to the stables’ past construction. Complex historical restraints have been handled with care and competency.”