2012 Wellington Architecture Awards

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ASB Sports Centre (Kilbirnie) by Tennent + Brown Architects Ltd and SKM Architects in association.

ASB Sports Centre (Kilbirnie) by Tennent + Brown Architects Ltd and SKM Architects in association. Image: Paul McCredie

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Telecom Central (Wellington) by architecture+.

Telecom Central (Wellington) by architecture+. Image: Paul McCredie

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Telecom Central (Wellington) by Warren and Mahoney Architects Ltd and Geyer.

Telecom Central (Wellington) by Warren and Mahoney Architects Ltd and Geyer. Image: Paul McCredie

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BRANZ Redevelopment (Porirua) by Warren and Mahoney Architects.

BRANZ Redevelopment (Porirua) by Warren and Mahoney Architects. Image: Paul McCredie

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Amesbury School (Churton Park) by McKenzie Higham Architecture.

Amesbury School (Churton Park) by McKenzie Higham Architecture. Image: Kate Whitley

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Maidstone Intermediate School Information Centre by Jasmax Limited.

Maidstone Intermediate School Information Centre by Jasmax Limited. Image: Paul McCredie

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Porirua College Redevelopment by Opus Architecture.

Porirua College Redevelopment by Opus Architecture. Image: Paul McCredie

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VUW - Hugh Mackenzie Building Lecture Theatre Refurbishment by Tennant + Brown Architects Ltd.

VUW - Hugh Mackenzie Building Lecture Theatre Refurbishment by Tennant + Brown Architects Ltd. Image: Paul McCredie

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Chevening Apartment Building (Kelburn) by Studio of Pacific Architecture Limited.

Chevening Apartment Building (Kelburn) by Studio of Pacific Architecture Limited. Image: Patrick Reynolds

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Embassy Theatre Bar & Cinema (Wellington) by Designgroup Stapleton Elliott and Indyk Architects in association.

Embassy Theatre Bar & Cinema (Wellington) by Designgroup Stapleton Elliott and Indyk Architects in association. Image: Paul McCredie

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Xero House (Wellington) by Studio Pacific Architecture.

Xero House (Wellington) by Studio Pacific Architecture. Image: Patrick Reynolds

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Soltius Offices (Wellington) by Herriot + Melhuish: Architecture Ltd.

Soltius Offices (Wellington) by Herriot + Melhuish: Architecture Ltd. Image: Paul McCredie

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The Wellington Fireplace (Kaiwharawhara) by John Mills Architects.

The Wellington Fireplace (Kaiwharawhara) by John Mills Architects. Image: Paul McCredie

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Xero Fitout (Wellington) by Studio Pacific Architecture.

Xero Fitout (Wellington) by Studio Pacific Architecture. Image: Patrick Reynolds

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Z Energy by Jasmax Ltd.

Z Energy by Jasmax Ltd. Image: Tod Wilson

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Carterton Events Centre by Opus Architecture.

Carterton Events Centre by Opus Architecture. Image: Mike Heydon

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Kumutoto Toilets (North Queens Wharf) by Studio of Pacific Architecture Limited.

Kumutoto Toilets (North Queens Wharf) by Studio of Pacific Architecture Limited. Image: NZIA

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Wellington Zoo Hub & Kamalas Pavilion (Newtown) by Assembly Architects Ltd.

Wellington Zoo Hub & Kamalas Pavilion (Newtown) by Assembly Architects Ltd. Image: Mike Heydon

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Dickinson House (Eastbourne) by Studio of Pacific Architecture Limited.

Dickinson House (Eastbourne) by Studio of Pacific Architecture Limited. Image: Patrick Reynolds

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Cook Strait House (Island Bay) by Tennent + Brown Architects Ltd.

Cook Strait House (Island Bay) by Tennent + Brown Architects Ltd. Image: Paul McCredie

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Lloyd House (Paekakariki) by atelierworkshop Ltd.

Lloyd House (Paekakariki) by atelierworkshop Ltd. Image: John Girdlestone

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Ohariu House by Jasmax Limited.

Ohariu House by Jasmax Limited. Image: Paul McCredie

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Rangimarie (York Bay) by Architecture FCA.

Rangimarie (York Bay) by Architecture FCA. Image: Sarah Gaitanos

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Regent Park Apartments for City Housing WCC (Newtown) by Designgroup Stapleton Elliott.

Regent Park Apartments for City Housing WCC (Newtown) by Designgroup Stapleton Elliott. Image: Paul McCredie

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Robinson House (Plimmerton) by Novak + Middleton Architects.

Robinson House (Plimmerton) by Novak + Middleton Architects. Image: Paul McCredie

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Waikanae House by Parsonson Architects.

Waikanae House by Parsonson Architects. Image: Paul McCredie

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Northland Studio (Wellington) by James Fenton Architect.

Northland Studio (Wellington) by James Fenton Architect. Image: Patrick Reynolds

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Economic woes aside, it has been a positive year for architecture in the capital with twenty-seven projects acknowledged in the 2012 Wellington Architecture Awards.

The winning projects ranged from schools to office fit-outs, houses and heritage buildings, with repurposed or adapted buildings featuring prominently in the programme. The judging convenor, Wellington architect, Paki Maaki noted a trend towards accomplished and community-focused educational buildings and the continued strength of residential architecture in the region. 

Despite the tightening of budgets, two large buildings featured in the awards’ line-up. Telecom Central on Willis Street, designed by architecture+, was awarded in the Commercial Architecture category. The interior of the same building, designed by Warren & Mahoney and Geyer, also received an award in the Interior Architecture section. 

The ASB Sports Centre, designed by Tennent + Brown Architects in association with SKM Architects, was another noteable project and received recognition in the Public Architecture category of the programme. Judges commented: ‘It is a fine example of how excellent public architecture can make a difference to peoples’ daily lives. People simply want to go and play in this stadium’.

Scroll through the image gallery above to view the 2012 Wellington Architecture Award winners or see below for the full list. Read the judges’ full citations here.

Commercial Architecture

  • BRANZ Redevelopment (Porirua) Warren and Mahoney Architects
  • Telecom Central (Wellington) architecture+

Education

  • Amesbury School (Churton Park) McKenzie Higham Architecture
  • Maidstone Intermediate School Information Centre Jasmax
  • Porirua College Redevelopment Opus Architecture
  • VUW – Hugh Mackenzie Building Lecture Theatre Refurbishment Tennent + Brown Architects

Heritage

  • Chevening Apartment Building (Kelburn) Studio of Pacific Architecture
  • Embassy Theatre Bar & Cinema (Wellington) Designgroup Stapleton Elliott and Indyk Architects in association
  • Xero House (formerly JCB Building) (Wellington) Studio of Pacific Architecture

Interior Architecture

  • Soltius Offices (Wellington) Herriot + Melhuish: Architecture
  • Telecom Central (Wellington) Warren and Mahoney Architects Ltd and Geyer
  • The Wellington Fireplace (Kaiwharawhara) John Mills Architects
  • Xero Fitout (Wellington) Studio of Pacific Architecture
  • Z Energy (Wellington) Jasmax

Public Architecture

  • ASB Sports Centre (Kilbirnie) Tennent + Brown Architects Ltd and SKM Architects in association
  • Carterton Events Centre Opus Architecture
  • Kumutoto Toilets (North Queens Wharf) Studio of Pacific Architecture
  • Wellington Zoo Hub & Kamalas Pavilion (Newtown) Assembly Architects

Housing

  • Dickinson House (Eastbourne) Studio of Pacific Architecture
  • Cook Strait House (Island Bay) Tennent + Brown Architects
  • Lloyd House (Paekakariki) atelierworkshop
  • Ohariu House Jasmax
  • Rangimarie (York Bay) Architecture FCA
  • Regent Park Apartments for City Housing WCC (Newtown) Designgroup Stapleton Elliott
  • Robinson House (Plimmerton) Novak + Middleton Architects
  • Waikanae House Parsonson Architects

Small Project Architecture

  • Northland Studio (Wellington) James Fenton Architect

Sustainable Architecture

  • Amesbury School McKenzie Higham Architecture
  • BRANZ Redevelopment (Porirua) Warren and Mahoney Architects
  • Ohariu House Jasmax
  • Rangimarie (York Bay) Architecture FCA

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