A successful night for Architectus at the 2018 New Zealand Architecture Awards

13 November 2018

The 2018 NZIA New Zealand Architecture Awards were recently held at Te Papa on Wellington’s waterfront, with two Architectus projects recognised.

The University of Auckland Science Centre was awarded an Education award, and the St Andrew’s College Centennial Chapel was awarded a Public Architecture award and the John Scott Award for Public Architecture.

“A complex project with many goals – to provide 11 floors of specialist teaching and research spaces and offices and communal areas, form connections with existing structures, and establish a ‘gateway’ presence on a prominent site – could easily have resulted in a building that was less than the sum of its various parts. Instead, the architects have met the programmatic requirements and contextual obligations of a demanding brief in a sophisticated and coherent building that enhances the university campus and the wider cityscape. The selection of materials, utilisation of interstitial space, adoption of the atrium as an organising principle, and the knitting of the building into its urban and architectural context are especially commendable aspects of the design.” – Judge’s Citation for The University of Auckland Science Centre 

“This new chapel is built on the site of a much-loved predecessor damaged in the Christchurch earthquakes and its design and construction were attended by high expectations. These have been met and even exceeded in a fine and subtle work of architecture which respects the memory of the former chapel, and acknowledges both the character and the contemporary requirements of St Andrew’s College. The chapel is a building of many special moments; it is materially exquisite and spatially sophisticated, and establishes layers of connections: to the history of the College and its post-earthquake, recovery, and to the Christchurch neo-Gothic tradition.” – Judge’s Citation for the St Andrew’s College Centennial Chapel