Dual winners: Anna-Marie Chin, left, and Louise Wright at Aosta, for which Chin won an award


Seems if you want your home or business premises to win an award, call an Arrowtown female architect.

The only architectural practices to win more than one award for new projects at this year’s New Zealand Institute of Architects’ Southern Architecture Awards are headed by Arrowtown women.

Assembly Architects, run by Louise Wright, won ‘housing’ awards at Queenstown’s Bendemeer and Wanaka’s Mt Barker and a ‘small project’ award for a Cardrona home.

Separately, Wright last week won the women’s Wirihana Leadership Award for the whole

The jury citation says she’s ‘‘an absolute all-rounder and natural leader both in and out of the architecture industry’’.

Anna-Marie Chin, meanwhile, won a ‘hospitality’ award for Arrowtown’s Aosta and the
‘housing — alterations and additions’ award for Lake Hayes Cottage.

Wright says she’s ‘‘stoked’’ with the recognition she and her team of five professionals, including her husband Justin, have received.

With the Bendemeer House award, she notes her clients were also very involved with the design.

Award-winning: Assembly Architect’s Bendemeer House

‘‘They wanted all the bedrooms as well as the living room to face the Remarkables, which is quite different for us, because we’re using to orientating everything to the north.

‘‘It’s a poled house with the idea being the land just does its own thing, running under it’’ — the living area’s stepped down in response to the topography.

Chin, who has seven staff, says she’s thrilled with her Aosta award as it resulted from ‘‘a really good process’’.

Using ‘‘a simple and affordable design’’, the jury hails the layout for providing ‘‘visual engagement for the restaurant’s staff and patrons, and for passers-by who can view pasta dough being prepared during the day; even outside opening hours, the restaurant communicates vibrant appeal’’.

Her other award’s for additions to an old cottage at Lake Hayes with an interesting

Originally sited in Central Otago, it was first moved to Queenstown Hill but was dilapidated by the time it moved to Lake Hayes.

Complementary: Anna-Marie Chin’s winning design for a refurbished old cottage, left, along with a “little outhouse”

Chin says when it was done up it was only big enough for the living space so she designed a complementary ‘‘little outhouse’’ across a creek.

The project also won a Resene colour award.

Other Wakatipu projects recognised by the jury, headed by local architect Stacey Farrell,
were AQA Alessandro Quadrelli Architetto’s Willow House, at Kelvin Heights, and Team Green Architects’ Oliver’s Ridge, which won ‘housing’ awards.

Arrowtown Houses, by Hofmans Architects, won the ‘housing — multi-unit’ award.

Johnston Architects won a ‘commercial’ award for Koura Apartments on Queenstown’s
Gorge Road.