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Four southern projects, in the Ahuriri Valley, Arrowtown and Dunedin, won New Zealand Architecture Awards at a ceremony in Queenstown on Saturday.
A Wanaka-based architect was also named a distinguished fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Architecture.
Lindis Lodge, a small luxury lodge in the Ahuriri Valley designed by Architecture Workshop, was the winner in the hospitality category at the institute's annual national awards ceremony.
The five-bedroom luxury lodge with its sweeping roof, which also featured in New Zealand's exhibition, "Future Islands", at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, was described by judges as "an adventurous and deeply considered response to the challenges of designing an isolated building in an awe-inspiring landscape".
Arrowtown House, designed by RTA Studio for artist clients in Arrowtown, was awarded one of two top prizes in the housing category.
Judges noted it was a bold composition that used the traditional building and industrial materials of Central Otago in a project that was "as much an exercise in the creation of a site as the design of a home, and it is an extraordinary experience to contemplate the house in its setting".
Kowhai House, built above the Leith, was a timely exercise in sufficiency and the optimisation of resources and opportunity, the judges said.
"Designed as an efficient thermal cocoon, the house also serves as a tree house, connected through its clever positioning and carefully framed views, with the wider view and more immediate surrounds, especially the kowhai tree for which it is named. The house, which was designed for the architect's own family, is an intriguing exercise in self-experimentation - a little box of inbuilt happiness."
The Bivvy House, in a gated community in Queenstown, was a "clever and engaging" piece of architecture that provided a surprising range of spatial experiences, they noted.
At the event Distinguished Fellow awards, of which there are only 10 at any one time, were bestowed on architects Anne Salmond, of Wanaka, and Graeme Scott and John Sutherland, both of Auckland.
The awards jury, led by Auckland architect Malcolm Walker and including architects Jeff Fearon (Auckland), Melanda Slemint (Christchurch) and Penny Fuller (Sydney), said Salmond had been a trail blazer for women in architecture for more than 30 years, leading a successful practice producing high-quality architecture from a base in a small provincial centre.
She had championed important concerns such as sustainable design, prefabricated construction and the study of post-occupancy building performance.
The 2019 New Zealand Institute of Architects Awards' winners are.-
20 Customhouse Quay, Central Wellington, Studio of Pacific Architecture;
12 Madden, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland, Warren and Mahoney Architects.
Nga Wai Hono, AUT School of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences (ECMS) Building, Central Auckland, Jasmax.
Athfield Home and Office, Khandallah, Wellington, Athfield Architects.
Rose Historic Chapel, Central Christchurch, Dave Pearson Architects;
Nelson House Alteration, Nelson, Sharon Jansen - Architect.
Lindis Lodge, Ahuriri Valley, Waitaki, Architecture Workshop.
Pinwheel House, Medlands, Great Barrier Island, architecture +; Arrowtown House, Arrowtown, Otago, RTA Studio.
Housing - Alterations and Additions
Menzies POP!, Sumner, Christchurch, Architects' Creative.
Housing - Multi Unit
Wynyard Central East 2, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland, Architectus; Chen Anselmi Units, Sydenham, Christchurch, Bull O'Sullivan Architecture.
B:Hive, Smales Farm, Takapuna, Auckland, BVN and Jasmax in association.
Planning & Urban Design
Kumutoto Pavilion, Wellington, Isthmus Group; Ellen Melville Centre and Freyberg Place, Central Auckland, Stevens Lawson Architects, Isthmus Group and John Reynolds in association.
Lakeside Soldiers Memorial Hall, Leeston, Canterbury, Architecture Workshop; Turanga, Christchurch Central, Architectus and Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects.
Small Project Architecture
Kowhai House, Dunedin, Rafe Maclean Architects; Bivvy House, Closeburn, Queenstown, Vaughn McQuarrie Architects.
Peter Fehl, Director, Property Services, University of Auckland; Tony Watkins, Auckland, architect, builder, teacher, writer, environmentalist, urbanist, advocate and agitator; Engineering New Zealand.
Graeme Scott, Auckland, ASC Architects; John Sutherland, Auckland, Jasmax; Anne Salmond, Wanaka, Salmond Architecture.