14 New Zealand projects nominated for WAF 2017

The annual World Architecture Festival Awards will be held on 15 -17 November at Arena Berlin, Germany.

This year 14 New Zealand construction projects from various categories such as: culture, mixed use and new & old have been nominated as World Architecture Festival 2017 finalists. It is also known as the year of cultural diversity with a record of international entries from 51 different nations. Despite the mixture of projects, climate change remained the central focus where architects seek to tackle pressing environmental problems with state-of-the-art design.

Paul Finch, the WAF program director added, “This year’s shortlist has a hugely diverse geographic range. The use of water has been striking and there is evidence of real interest in climate modifications using novel techniques.”

The architects with shortlisted projects will later present their work to the panel of jurors in Berlin. The judges will then select one winner for each category and one of them will be crowned as the coveted ‘2017 World Building of the Year’. The most outstanding conceptual project will be awarded ‘Future Project of the Year’.

WAF 2017 Shortlist

Completed Buildings:

  • Culture: ASB Waterfront Theatre, Auckland- Moller Architects with BVN Architecture
  • Mixed Use: Mackelvie Precinct, Auckland- RTA Studio
  • New and Old: Kauri Timber Building- Fearon Hay Architects
  • Office: Pollen Street Office, Auckland- RTA Studio
  • Production, Energy & Recycling: Emerson’s Brewery & Taproom, Dunedin- Beca Architects
  • Religion: Bishop Selwyn Chapel, Auckland- Fearon Hay Architects
  • Transport: Wellington International Airport Limited Terminal South Extension, Wellington- Warren and Mahoney Architects
  • Villa: Forest House, Auckland- Fearon Hay Architects
  • Back with Two Roofs, Golden Bay- Irving Smith Architects

Future Projects:

  • Culture: Christchurch Convention and Exhibition Centre, Christchurch- Woords Bagot
  • Infrastructure: Turanganui Bridge, Gisborne- Monk Mackenzie Architects and Novare
  • House: Queenstown House, Queenstown- Monk Mackenzie Architects
  • Residential: Edition, Auckland- Monk Mackenzie Architects
  • Small Projects: Tent House, Waiheke Island- Chris Tate