Three Architectus Projects recognised at Canterbury Awards

Architectus was recognised with three awards at Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects Canterbury Awards last week. Three projects – Tuhiraki AgResearch, Papa Hou, and 219 Riccarton Road – were recognised for their design excellence across three categories.


Tuhiraki AgResearch facility in Lincoln (designed with Lab-works Architecture) received a Canterbury Architecture Award for Commercial Architecture. The jury praised the facility as a “meticulously considered, self-assured building serving as a showcase for AgResearch’s cutting-edge scientific capabilities and a catalyst for innovation across the region. Robust and well-proportioned buildings encompass a central courtyard that’s perfectly attuned to its purpose and surroundings. Clearly referencing the rural-agricultural vernacular, the design incorporates astute material and colour choices and provides an homage to context. A rigorous and highly integrated approach has been achieved in accommodating the complex programme of laboratory and workspace requirements. By reducing carbon emissions, using timber technology, sun shading, natural ventilation and stormwater attenuation and treatment systems, the project has commendable sustainability credentials. The building embraces and expresses a strong cultural narrative and creates a functional, uplifting environment for its occupants.”

Papa Hou, The Kind Foundation’s new home was recognised for Public Architecture with the jury citing “A multifunctional community facility for all ages, this building packs in a wide range of activities under an epic gabled roof, connected vertically via a light-filled open staircase. The complex brief has been cleverly resolved into a plan of simple clarity. Spaces are articulated to encourage interaction between the highly diverse range of users. From entry to destination, the journey through spaces is revealed, allowing unexpected ways to inhabit and occupy every nook. Expressive of Tāne Mahuta, the main vertical circulation reaches branch-like for the sky, integrating layers of artwork by Fayne Robinson and Flox. Health, wellbeing and energy efficiency are star performers of the sustainability strategy, which is further underscored by an understated honesty in materials and biophilic aesthetic. This is a building that takes care of its community.”

219 Riccarton Road, designed for Kāinga Ora, received a Housing – Multi Unit Award. The first medium-density, accessible complex in Ōtautahi Christchurch for Kāinga Ora, the building has been designed for senior tenants and those living with disability. The jury highlighted “strong gable forms and Canterbury-red brick walls relate well to the urban context. Balconies, metal screens and front courtyards provide privacy, shading and modulation to the street. Communal amenities, generous circulation, light-filled apartments and use of colour create a sense of collective wellbeing. Rigorously planned, well proportioned, robustly built and meticulously detailed, this pilot project is an exemplar for medium-density social housing.”

Congratulations to our clients, our project teams, collaborators and peers.