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Award winning BOP architecture announced

Steven Chambers of Stufkens + Chambers Architects won two awards – one for the pictured ‘Pohutukawa House’. Photo: Supplied.

Darryl Church of DCA Architects of Transformation was the recipient of five regional awards for four projects. His work includes the ‘Pilot Bay Apartments’. Photo: Supplied.

Bay of Plenty architectural designers celebrated the regions 2020 ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards with four designers taking home nine separate awards.

From apartments to commercial properties and residential homes, judges were impressed with the award-winning projects.

The Bay of Plenty award-winning architectural designers were Steven Chambers of Stufkens + Chambers Architects, Darryl Church of DCA Architects of Transformation, Adam Taylor of ATA and Jason MacDonald of JMAC Architecture Ltd.

Steven Chambers won two awards. The first for his work ‘Pohutukawa House’ in Otumoetai which won the Residential Compact New Home up to 150m2 Architectural Design Award and a second, Commended Award for his design of a commercial build in ‘Willow Street’.

Judges say Pohutukawa House was “small, sustainable, simple and special”.

“Steven has reused and recycled existing materials and taken care to ensure the home is future proofed with features like electric vehicle chargers. However, it was the obvious care and attention placed on detailing, that made the project stand out,” says the panel.

Creating a sense of calm, while maintaining the privacy of a home, was the intent behind Mt Maunganui home ‘Muricata House’ which won Jason MacDonald of JMAC Architecture Ltd the Regional Award for best Residential Interiors.

In this extraordinary project, the interiors celebrate a pared-back palette of soft greys, warm whites, and rhythmically ordered timbers to deliver an organic sensory of calm.

Precise attention to detail and the clever contrast of natural mediums enhance the home’s warmth and light tones.

While the rawness of the concrete feature wall polished to a smooth sheen makes an unexpected, yet stunning, offset against cedar walls and cabinetry.

Judges praised MacDonald for his meticulous detailing.

Darryl Church of DCA Architects of Transformation was the recipient of five regional awards for four projects.

He received the Bay of Plenty Resene Colour in Design Award for his work on an office fit out at ‘Holland Beckett Law’.

Judges commented on the use of colour to create a sense of joy, with the yellow tones used in the interior carefully linked to the ‘Holland Beckett Law’ branding, providing a connection throughout the office.

This project also received a Commended Award in the Commercial/Industrial Interiors category sponsored by GIB.

Church’s other awards include a Highly Commended in the Residential Multi-Unit Dwelling category-sponsored by MiTek for his project ‘Pilot Bay Apartments’.

This build, with a challenging site and a complex brief, resulted in four elegant and sophisticated apartments that overlook the bay in Tauranga.

A Commended Award in the Commercial/Industrial category for the ‘Cultural Crossing Commercial Building’ in Rotorua was also earned by Church for his delivery of a building that celebrates the cultural crossover between Pakeha and Māori.

Judges say the project embeds traditional Taniko patterns while referencing the rigour of colonial times in the design of its facades.

Church’s fourth award winning project for the evening, and fifth award, is proof that local government facilities do not need to be boring, with the fit out he completed for the ‘Bay of Plenty Regional Council’ receiving a Commended Award in the Commercial/Industrial Interiors category sponsored by GIB.

The brief for the Regional Council building included requirements for site carparks, associated dangerous goods storage, staff showers and changing rooms for field workers, meeting spaces, a conference room, staff café and workspaces for a future capacity of 52 staff.

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council had a specific interiors colourway and material palette being rolled out across other office sites. The material and colour palette refers to the sea, lakes, mountains, and forests under the stewardship of the Regional Council authority.

Judges say the materials were well chosen for both durability, acoustic performance, and warmth.

“We enjoyed the custom, integrated handles in the oak battened doors, a welcome change from the usual cold to touch stainless steel commonly used in contemporary office spaces.”

The final recipient at last night’s Bay of Plenty ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards was Adam Taylor of ATA who received a Commended Award in the Residential Alterations and Additions category for his design ‘Shug Life’.

This two-storey, art nouveau beach cottage in Mount Maunganui has been completely re-interpreted in a contemporary, urban and slightly provocative way. ‘Shug Life’ enthusiastically and elegantly meets the design brief: “a bach with the practicalities of a bach, without looking like one.”

Gregory Watts, CEO of Architectural Designers New Zealand says the awards programme run by ADNZ is an inspiring celebration of the work of New Zealand’s architectural design community.

“New Zealand has some of the most talented and creative architectural designers and this is reflected in the projects showcased at the Bay of Plenty ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards. Each year the standard of design delivered gets higher, which greatly benefits the New Zealand built environment and our communities.

We live in a challenging environment and yet our members make the delivery of exceptional work seem effortless. Well done to our Bay of Plenty winners,” says Watts.

The ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards have celebrated and recognised the creativity of New Zealand architects and architectural designers for more than a decade. Regional winners are announced from October to November, while the National Awards Gala will be held on Friday 20 November 2020 in Auckland.

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