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Design watch | New Zeala nd
CHOOSING THE BEST
An Associate Professor in Interior Architecture at the University of South
Australia an d the last nation al presiden t of the Design In stitute of A ustralia,
Joa nn e Cys (in set) talks about judging this year’s B est Awards an d the
differences bet ween Austra lia n an d New Zealan d design. bestawards.co.nz.
How significant are the Best Awards for New Zealand design? The Best
Awards are extremely significa nt fo r New Zealan d design. It is critical fo r
design practitio ne rs to be able to put thei r pro jects for ward fo r peer review,
free fro m co mmercial interests, share their su ccesses an d kn owledge with
their colleagues in the design community, and ultimately have their work
publicised nation ally an d beyon d on ce the awarded projects are reveal ed. Peer
recognitio n of excellen ce throu gh award progra ms such as B est, which is a
program of the Designers Institute of New Zealand, are an important means of
co ntin u ing to raise the stan dard of profession al design prac tice.
Do you see obvious differe nces between Australian and New Zealand
design? I have thought for a lon g time that New Zeala nd design demon strates
an inheren t an d deep u nderstan ding of its regio nal a nd cultural identity. This
was affirmed for me during the judging of the 2012 Best Awards. I am not
su re that Austra lian design is able to claim this quality yet, but it is cer tai nly an
elemen t of Austra lian design practice that is developing.
Can you pick a favourite? The I mperial Building project (by architects
Fearon Hay) was outstan ding as a lan eway regeneratio n project. The qu ality
of the detailing of the project at all scales, an d the atten tio n to how people
co uld move throu gh a nd use the spaces was sophisticated an d highly
acco mplished. I also think that the pro jects e ntered into the Exhibition/
In stallatio n/Temporar y categor y we re all of an extremely high stan da rd an d
demon strated a keen ness for experimen tation an d risk-taking which was
won derful to see in so many projects.
When a building affectionately known
as The Shack was destroyed by fire
in 2009, Cloudy Bay Estate saw the
cha nce to build som ething unique.
Paul Rolfe A rchitect s’ collabora tion
with Sydney-based Tonkin Zulaikha
Greer, the Cloudy Bay Shack, was
awarded a Gold Pin in the spatial
discipline. Taking out the Reside ntial
categor y, the t wo-storey, fou r-
bedroom guesthouse at Cloudy Bay
Estate near Blenheim was conceived
as an inverted building; turned
inside -out to bring the lan dscape
and the view into the building’s core.
paulrolfearchitects.co .n z .
Catering for its inhabitants’ significant collection of NZ Modern Art, while
still providing a space fo r livi ng, this three-bedroo m clifftop house ea rned
Xsite Architects a B ro nze Pin in the Residential catego r y. The fo rm of the
building is defin ed by the three main mate rials: co pper, bagged brick and
horizontal weather boards. These materials combine to create a collection of
two boxes and a pavilio n ro of that ‘hovers’ over three, two -sto rey-high brick
wa ll eleme nts. The brick s, woo d floo ring, weatherbo ards an d copper pan elling
all ca rr y a ran do m patterning that weaves throu ghout. The building makes the
mo st of its n or th-facing site, a rranged aro un d living spaces that allow ro oms to
be open to the outdoo rs yet protected fro m wind. xsite.net.nz.
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