New Zealand Architecture Awards 2012

We're pleased to hear this morning that our Home of the Year 2012 by Herbst Architects has picked up a New Zealand Architecture Award from the NZ Institute of Architects.

Also included in the 20 awards was Richard Naish of RTA Studio's family home in Auckland (below), a finalist in our Home of the Year award last year. The refurbishment of Wellington's Government House by Athfield Architects (below) picked up an award in the Heritage category, along with FJMT's design for the Auckland Art Gallery.

We were also delighted to see that the Lomas house in Hamilton, designed by Peter Middleton, picked up an award for Enduring Architecture (we featured Paul McCredie's photographs of it in a recent issue of HOME). This recognition for the house, unfortunately, is bittersweet, as the home's owner, Heather Lomas, passed away in March. Heather was delightful to deal with in the publication of her house and we know she would have been very pleased with the award, as she was rightfully proud of her house. Our sympathy to her friends and family.  

The New Zealand Architecture Medal, the top award given by the NZ Institute of Architects, will be presented to a single project from the list below at a ceremony in Wellington in late May.

Here's the full list of New Zealand Architecture 2012 Awards:
Commercial Architecture
ANVIL, Mt Eden, Auckland by Patterson Associates Limited
Knoll Ridge Café, Whakapapa, Mt Ruapehu by Harris Butt Architecture Ltd
Novotel Auckland Airport by Warren and Mahoney Architects
Te Wharewaka, Wellington by architecture+
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki by FJMT + Archimedia architects in association
Government House Conservation, Wellington by Athfield Architects
Planning and Urban Design
New Lynn Transit-Oriented Development, Auckland by Architectus and Architecture Brewer Davidson Limited in association
Wynyard Quarter Urban Design Framework, Auckland by Architectus
Public Architecture
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki by FJMT + Archimedia architects in association
NMIT Arts and Media Building, Nelson by Irving Smith Jack Architects Ltd
Remarkables Primary School, Queenstown by Babbage Consultants Limited
Residential Architecture – Houses
House for Five, Grey Lynn, Auckland by RTA Studio
Tutukaka Beach House, Northland by Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects (Auckland) Ltd
Owhanake Bay House, Waiheke Island by Strachan Group Architects – SGA
Under Pohutukawa, Auckland by Herbst Architects Ltd
Small Project Architecture
Mt Iron House, Wanaka by Crosson Clarke Carnachan Chin Architects Ltd
St Thomas’ Chapel in St Matthew-in-the-City, Auckland by Salmond Reed Architects Limited
Studio for an Artist, Napier by Ashley Cox Architect
Sustainable Architecture
MOTAT Aviation Display Hall, Westmere, Auckland by Studio Pacific Architecture
Enduring Architecture
Lomas House, Hamilton by Peter Middleton
Otago Boys High School Redevelopment 1982, Dunedin by McCoy and Wixon Architects Ltd

Brian MacKay-Lyons on Nine to Noon

The international member of our Home of the Year 2012 jury, Canadian architect Brian MacKay-Lyons, had a fascinating chat to Kathryn Ryan on Radio New Zealand National's Nine to Noon this morning. You can listen to the interview here:

Lance Herbst on Radio New Zealand National

Lance Herbst, one-half of our Home of the Year-winning architects Herbst Architects, was interview by Chris Whitta on Radio New Zealand National's Nine to Noon show yesterday. Here's the link to the audio:

Later this week, listen out for our Home of the Year judge, Canadian architect Brian MacKay-Lyons, speaking to Kathryn Ryan on Nine to Noon, on Thursday April 12 at 11.20am.

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On film: last year's Home of the Year

For those of you who didn't see this the first time around, here's the short film we made to accompany the announcement of the Home of the Year 2011, a holiday home at Kare Kare Beach by Michael O'Sullivan of Bull O'Sullivan Architects. Yes, it's also on the west coast near Auckland, but you'll see this is a very different home to our 2012 winner. Where the home by Herbst Architects is, in parts, light and ethereal, this one has a low, compact solidity, a stealth-bomber sort of gruntiness.

The Resene Architecture and Design Film Festival

HOME is delighted to support the Resene Architecture and Design Film Festival, on at Rialto Cinemas in Newmarket, Auckland, from May 10-20. There are some terrific films in the lineup, so we highly recommend you browse Rialto's website and book your tickets here.

You can also check out our new issue for an interview with Murray Grigor, the director of Infinite Space, a documentary on the great Californian modernist John Lautner that's featuring in the festival. (Lautner's Marbrisa residence in Mexico is pictured above, photographed by Sara Sackner, Infinite Space's producer).
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