Wakatipu winners vie for national prize


Several Wakatipu Basin buildings were among 15 to win prizes at the 2016 Southern Architecture Awards in Queenstown at the weekend.

Fourteen new buildings and one older building were announced as the best in the lower South Island at a function attended by about 80 people on Saturday night.

Wanaka architect and jury convener Sarah Ritchie says the winners, chosen from more than 40 entries, are now shortlisted for national honours.

Award winners in the Wakatipu Basin were the Remarkables ski area base building, houses in Queenstown, Arrowtown and Lake Hayes, and two homes in Jack’s Point.

Selecting the winners had been an “absolute delight”, Ritchie says.

Although the architect was a critical component, she says buildings needed exceptional commitment and care from clients, builders and others to be special.

The winners were highly diverse but had in common “care, craftsmanship and attention to the smallest details”.

The New Zealand Architecture Awards will be announced in November.

2016 Southern Architecture award winners

Commercial Architecture
Calder Stewart head office complex in Milton, Mason and Wales Architects
Dunedin Botanic Garden plant propagation and nursery facility, McCoy & Wixon Architects
The Remarkables base amenities building, Michael Wyatt Architect

Enduring Architecture (buildings more than 25 years old)
Henderson House, Alexandra, Ernst Plischke 

Stewart Island crib, Tennent + Brown Architects
Mission Cove residence, Dunedin, McCoy & Wixon Architects
Maori Hill house, Dunedin, McCoy & Wixon Architects
Tumai, Waikouaiti, Architectural Ecology
George house, Wanaka, Rafe Maclean Architect
Hamilton family home, Arrowtown, Bull O’Sullivan Architecture
Bendemeer mountain retreat, Lake Hayes, Bureaux
Sargent residence, Jacks Point, Queenstown, Hyndman Taylor Architects
Tom’s house, Jacks Point, Queenstown, Anna-Marie Chin Architects
Copper house, Queenstown, Anna-Marie Chin Architects

Small project architecture
Cardrona hut, Cardrona, RTA Studio

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