Architect’s reuse of buildings praised

Woodside Cottage, near Outram, for which Gary Todd won the residential alterations and additions...
Woodside Cottage, near Outram, for which Gary Todd won the residential alterations and additions award in last night’s Otago-Southland regional Architectural Designers New Zealand architectural design awards. Photos supplied.
Diana Blake’s Brownston Home, in Wanaka, which won her two awards — residential new home between...
Diana Blake’s Brownston Home, in Wanaka, which won her two awards — residential new home between 150sq m and 300sq m, and colour in design.
Gary Todd won the commercial interior award for his work on the Wilson’s Distillery building.
Gary Todd won the commercial interior award for his work on the Wilson’s Distillery building.
Nathan Taylor’s Waipahi Abode, near Clinton, which won highly commended in the residential...
Nathan Taylor’s Waipahi Abode, near Clinton, which won highly commended in the residential compact new home category.
Richard Wilden was commended in the residential new home over 300sq m category.
Richard Wilden was commended in the residential new home over 300sq m category.
Ian Booth’s Virginia Ave project, in Broad Bay, which won highly commended in the residential...
Ian Booth’s Virginia Ave project, in Broad Bay, which won highly commended in the residential alterations and additions category.
Cameron Grindlay was commended in the  residential interiors category.
Cameron Grindlay was commended in the residential interiors category.

Dunedin designer Gary Todd took home a hat-trick of awards from Friday night's Otago-Southland regional Architectural Designers New Zealand architectural design awards.

Mr Todd, of Gary Todd Architecture Ltd, won awards for residential alterations and additions for his work on a cottage on the Taieri Plain and commercial interior for his work on the former Wilson's Distillery building in Dunedin; and was highly commended for his design of a two-storey, three-bedroom contemporary home in a developing Mosgiel subdivision.

Judges praised Mr Todd's reuse of existing buildings.

"The merit of the project lies in using heritage building fabric as a base for a new, mixed-use proposition,'' the judges said of his work on the former Wilson's Distillery building.

"Bringing the existing fabric up to scratch in terms of thermal performance for human comfort is one achievement. But another is the admission of daylight into the interior through carefully positions skylights and the exposure of the stone and the old trusses to effect a celebration of space.''

Whangamata designer Diana Blake, of Diana Blake Design, received two design awards for her project, titled Brownston Home.

The home overlooks a large reserve on the edge of Lake Wanaka.

The brief for the design called for a low-maintenance, robust holiday home to be used in both summer and winter, which comfortably had to accommodate two families using it together or separately.

This year's awards held particular significance as Architectural Designers New Zealand marked its 50th year, chief executive Astrid Andersen said.

The awards were integral to the organisation's success, she said.

"Otago and the Southland region consistently produce innovative and inspiring work,'' she said.

The Otago-Southland regional awards were the organisation's last regional ceremony before the national awards on October 28.

More than 140 entries have been received from throughout New Zealand.

The other Otago-Southland regional winners were: Nathan Taylor, of Taylored Spaces, highly commended residential compact new home; Ian Booth, of Insite Design, highly commended residential alterations and additions; Richard Wilden, of Richard Wilden Design Ltd, commended residential new home over 300sq m; Cameron Grindlay, of Dwelling Architectural Design Ltd, commended residential interiors.

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