Top 5 civic spaces of 2016

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Rore Kāhu, Bay of Islands by Cheshire Architects.

Rore Kāhu, Bay of Islands by Cheshire Architects. Image: Patrick Reynolds

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Rore Kāhu, Bay of Islands by Cheshire Architects.

Rore Kāhu, Bay of Islands by Cheshire Architects. Image: Patrick Reynolds

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Rore Kāhu, Bay of Islands by Cheshire Architects.

Rore Kāhu, Bay of Islands by Cheshire Architects. Image: Patrick Reynolds

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Rore Kāhu, Bay of Islands by Cheshire Architects.

Rore Kāhu, Bay of Islands by Cheshire Architects. Image: Patrick Reynolds

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Christchurch Bus Interchange/Whakawhitinga Pahi, Christchurch by Architectus.

Christchurch Bus Interchange/Whakawhitinga Pahi, Christchurch by Architectus. Image: Simon Devitt

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Christchurch Bus Interchange/Whakawhitinga Pahi, Christchurch by Architectus.

Christchurch Bus Interchange/Whakawhitinga Pahi, Christchurch by Architectus. Image: Simon Devitt

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Christchurch Bus Interchange/Whakawhitinga Pahi, Christchurch by Architectus.

Christchurch Bus Interchange/Whakawhitinga Pahi, Christchurch by Architectus. Image: Simon Devitt

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Christchurch Bus Interchange/Whakawhitinga Pahi, Christchurch by Architectus.

Christchurch Bus Interchange/Whakawhitinga Pahi, Christchurch by Architectus. Image: Simon Devitt

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Te Kōngahu/Museum of Waitangi, Waitangi by Harris Butt Architecture.

Te Kōngahu/Museum of Waitangi, Waitangi by Harris Butt Architecture. Image: Samuel Hartnett

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Te Kōngahu/Museum of Waitangi, Waitangi by Harris Butt Architecture.

Te Kōngahu/Museum of Waitangi, Waitangi by Harris Butt Architecture. Image: Samuel Hartnett

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Te Kōngahu/Museum of Waitangi, Waitangi by Harris Butt Architecture.

Te Kōngahu/Museum of Waitangi, Waitangi by Harris Butt Architecture. Image: Samuel Hartnett

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Te Kōngahu/Museum of Waitangi, Waitangi by Harris Butt Architecture.

Te Kōngahu/Museum of Waitangi, Waitangi by Harris Butt Architecture. Image: Samuel Hartnett

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Bishop Selwyn Chapel, Auckland by Fearon Hay Architects.

Bishop Selwyn Chapel, Auckland by Fearon Hay Architects. Image: Patrick Reynolds

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Bishop Selwyn Chapel, Auckland by Fearon Hay Architects.

Bishop Selwyn Chapel, Auckland by Fearon Hay Architects. Image: Patrick Reynolds

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Bishop Selwyn Chapel, Auckland by Fearon Hay Architects.

Bishop Selwyn Chapel, Auckland by Fearon Hay Architects. Image: Patrick Reynolds

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Bishop Selwyn Chapel, Auckland by Fearon Hay Architects.

Bishop Selwyn Chapel, Auckland by Fearon Hay Architects. Image: Patrick Reynolds

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ASB Waterfront Theatre, Auckland by Moller Architects and BVN Architecture.

ASB Waterfront Theatre, Auckland by Moller Architects and BVN Architecture. Image: Simon Devitt

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ASB Waterfront Theatre, Auckland by Moller Architects and BVN Architecture.

ASB Waterfront Theatre, Auckland by Moller Architects and BVN Architecture. Image: Simon Devitt

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ASB Waterfront Theatre, Auckland by Moller Architects and BVN Architecture.

ASB Waterfront Theatre, Auckland by Moller Architects and BVN Architecture. Image: Simon Devitt

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ASB Waterfront Theatre, Auckland by Moller Architects and BVN Architecture.

ASB Waterfront Theatre, Auckland by Moller Architects and BVN Architecture. Image: Simon Devitt

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A good piece of civic architecture can transform the surrounding suburb, encourage connection with other citizens and add richness and meaning to our landscape. In 2016 we are lucky to have had several outstanding public projects, situated across New Zealand. Below are our top five most viewed civic projects on ArchitectureNow from the year.

1. Rore Kāhu, Bay of Islands by Cheshire Architects

Translated as ‘soaring hawk’, this minimal visitor centre features rammed earth walls and a light-as-a-feather roof. The sculptural project has a strong ecclesiastical quality while also celebrating the overall experience of the historical site, where the first missionary sermon in New Zealand took place. More…

Rore Kāhu, Bay of Islands by Cheshire Architects. Image:  Patrick Reynolds

2. Christchurch Bus Interchange/Whakawhitinga Pahi, Christchurch by Architectus

A visually striking bus station with a large folded roof form that has the scale of a larger transport interchange. Pedestrian safety and amenity is high on the agenda and the interior features a warm material palette of mainly timber and stone. Artworks by various Ngāi Tahu artists create a local connection. More…

Christchurch Bus Interchange/Whakawhitinga Pahi, Christchurch by Architectus. Image:  Simon Devitt

3. Te Kōngahu / Museum of Waitangi by Harris Butt Architecture

Intentionally subtle, with the idea that the surrounding plantings will eventually conceal three sides of the building, the museum is primarily a container for the important taonga inside. The façade features a sculptural relief by artist Carin Wilson that references Kiwi flora and fauna, as well as the people of Aotearoa. More…

Te Kōngahu/Museum of Waitangi, Waitangi by Harris Butt Architecture. Image:  Samuel Hartnett

4. Bishop Selwyn Chapel, Auckland by Fearon Hay Architects

The gleaming sweep of the gold-tiled roof is perhaps the most outstanding part of this stunning chapel, but the project also references the Pacific fale while creating a sense of movement and a strong presence. The structure is modern, transparent and highly welcoming – the definition of what church should be today. More…

Bishop Selwyn Chapel, Auckland by Fearon Hay Architects. Image:  Patrick Reynolds

5. ASB Waterfront Theatre, Auckland by Moller Architects and BVN Architecture

Situated in the quickly growing Wynyard Quarter, the frontage of this large theatre features clear glass that allows a peek into the sophisticated interior. The 600-seat auditorium is lifted up into the air, accessible by a bright red spiral staircase that adds to the dynamism and energy of this stylish space. More…

ASB Waterfront Theatre, Auckland by Moller Architects and BVN Architecture. Image:  Simon Devitt

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Top 5 civic spaces of 2016

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From a sculptural visitor centre to a sophisticated theatre, these are ArchitectureNow’s top five civic spaces of 2016.