The Regent Park Apartments in Newtown. Photo: Paul McCredie
Our ASB Sports Centre in Kilbirnie, the Regent Park Apartments in Newtown, and the Zoo’s new Hub precinct and Kamala’s pavilion were among 19 exemplary building projects at the recent New Zealand Architecture Awards.
The Regent Park apartments also received international acclaim earlier this year, making the shortlist for the World Architecture News Awards and just last week won the multi-unit residential award at the Property Council New Zealand Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry Awards.
The ASB Sports Centre, designed by Tennet+Brown Architects Ltd in association with SKM Architects, was commended at the Architecture Awards for being “an elegant and imaginative solution to the challenges of a tough building type and a bracing Wellington site”. The judges said the centre was of “great benefit to the community and its evident success is a tribute to the ambition and vision
of its architects”.
With 12 full-size sprung courts and retractable seating for 2200, the centre has been a major success providing a high-quality facility for indoor sports activities.
The Regent Park Apartments – designed by Designgroup Stapleton Elliott – were also praised for “making a positive contribution to community well-being”.
The redevelopment of the social housing complex, which now provides affordable homes for 120 Wellingtonians from many different backgrounds, was completed last year.
Thirty-eight bedsit and one-bedroom units dating from the 1970s were demolished and replaced with 27 architecturally-striking and colourful two-bedroom apartments and family-size townhouses.
The judges said “the architects have worked hard, and successfully, to design a city-funded apartment complex that meets a demanding brief and tight budget”.
The Zoo’s Hub precinct and Kamala’s pavilion was also lauded at this year’s awards. The multi-purpose development designed by Assembly Architects Ltd has become a focal point with the pavilion, named after the Zoo’s last elephant, incorporating the facade of the old elephant house.
The judges described the design, by Assembly Architects Ltd, as “an adventure in architecture and fabrication” and said the project “evinces its authors’ enthusiasm, intellectual curiosity and determination to realise the full potential of the brief and extract the maximum return from the budget”.
The Council’s Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Lavery, says both the Council and the designers involved in these projects should be justifiably proud of the recognition they’ve received for their hard work.
“These are fantastic building projects that have clearly delivered on their briefs. We’re fortunate to lay claim to such a wealth of talented architects and designers in the Capital; and the clever, innovative designs behind all these projects are further testament to that.”