The architectural practices behind a thoughtful bach restoration, a series of space-enhancing classrooms, an innovative office block and a cabin deep in the bush have all scooped awards at a celebration of Nelson & Marlborough’s best architecture, held at Brancott Estate Heritage Centre on Friday 29th July in Blenheim.
A total of 12 projects received a prestigious Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects Architecture Award across seven award categories, three of which also received a Resene Colour Award.
Nelson & Marlborough Jury Convenor Jarrod Midgley of Rural Workshop Architecture said there were some clear standouts among the entries that blended into the scenic surroundings of the Nelson and Marlborough districts.
“All of the jury members were deeply impressed by the calibre of entries this year. Nelson and Marlborough are both scenic and tranquil areas of New Zealand, and the winning entries were humble and respectful buildings that highlighted the area’s natural beauty” - Jarrod Midgely
The five-person jury visited 15 shortlisted projects before selecting the 12 winners.