Team Architects New Plymouth’s successful night!

New Plymouth Team Architects came away from the NZIA Local Architecture awards with a staggering four out of 13 awards. The awards were announced at Heritage house, Whanganui, on the 11th May with Boons picking up a Commercial Architecture Award for the North Taranaki Sport and Recreation Centre in Waitara, a Small Project Award for Taranaki Base Hospital's Intensive Psychiatric Care (IPC) Unit in New Plymouth, and two Housing Awards for houses in New Plymouth.

L + D House was applauded for its simple, rational planning which allowed this well-mannered addition to the neighbourhood to maximise the envelope of its narrow (sub)urban site. Each of the main spaces has a unique connection to the outdoors that extends beyond the walls of the house to the limits of the site boundary and, in the case of the master bedroom’s mural outlook, beyond its confines.

While Leuthart House was complimented for its sophisticated layered screens providing a dramatic and engaging transition from public to private realms on this inner-city site.

North Taranaki Sport and Recreation Centre took out the Commercial Architecture Award by successfully incorporating a range of different uses and employing innovative and sustainable materials in the design, the architects have provided a facility that celebrates, engages with and is meaningful to the local community.

And finally the TDBD IPC Unit, this small but challenging project was commended for its cleverly planned connectivity generous amount of shared space. The design employs specialised and durable detailing along with appropriate colour sections in the creation of a space that feels safe and secure, while also comfortable and calm.

Team Architects is extremely proud of the continuous achievements of the New Plymouth Team. Sophie Ross the convenor of the award's jury, said "A special mention must go to the New Plymouth practice BOON, which won five awards this year, and as such can be considered a leading light in the practice of architecture in the region”. 

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Withstanding the test of time

New Plymouth Team Architects Paul Goldsmith and Terry Boon received a special award at the NZIA Local Architecture awards on the 11th May. The New Plymouth Telephone Exchange originally built in 1982 received the Enduring Architecture Award. The jury noted from the moment of arrival the New Plymouth Telephone Exchange draws you in through the clever use of natural light and leads you up into a spacious office floor. Specially noted the combination of high ceilings, low windows and exterior planting has evoked a feeling of space and calm in this office – a rare enough experience in any new office building.



Team Architects Auckland scoops up Award!

Congratulations to our Auckland Team Architects who came away from the NZIA Local Architecture Awards on 9th May, held at MOTAT Aviation Hall, with a Commercial Architecture Award for EMA Business Hub and Carpark.

This Khyber Pass building is a “strong response to one of the toughest streets in the country,” the jury said. The project was praised for its “bold and pragmatic materials” and “generous outdoor spaces” which ensure a good connection with its environment.

Team Architects are proud to have been among the many exciting and innovative projects selected as winners at this year’s Awards, and thank the jury for their consideration. This year’s jury was led by Rick Pearson who was joined by architects Jeff Wells, Julian Mitchell and Katherine Dean. Lay juror Fleur Palmer completed the jury. Pearson noted the high quality of the shortlisted projects made the jury’s work particularly challenging this year.

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Team Architects Scholarship awarded!

Isabella Woolley from Victoria University was presented the Team Architects 2018 Distinction Scholarship by Wellington director Warwick Bell last week at the School of Architecture students award evening. The Team Architects Scholarships have been awarded since 2003 and are the only national awards for fourth year architectural students from the three recognised Schools of Architecture in New Zealand. They are intended to help recipients with completing their final year studies.  Selection is based on assessment of the first semesters design work of the 1st year Masters course. This year the recipient of the Supreme Award for 2018 is Shiyao Tong of the University of Auckland. And the recipients of remaining Distinction Award are jointly for UNITEC Shanker Kumaracheliyan and Kenneth Shum. A huge congratulations to Isabella, Shiyao, Shanker and Kenneth.

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$230m Happy Valley Milk plant consent approved for Otorohanga

Great result for our Hamilton Team Architects as the Otorohanga district council approves consent for the Happy Valley Milk plant. Ruby Nyikas article details the journey so far. We look forward to the next steps in the process, as Otorohanga District Council Mayor Max Baxter said "It is exciting times for the district."

You can read the full article here >>>>

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Christchurch's Old Stone House reopens after $2m repair

Christchurch Team Architects have been busy lately as Christchurch's Old Stone House was reopened in Febraury after seven years and $2 million of repairs. The heritage-listed building was severely damaged in the February 2011 earthquake before being strengthened to 67 per cent of the new building standard during a 15-month restoration.

You can read more here>>>>

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Cambridge's Podium Lodge opens for business

Podium Lodge, a 30-room facility built to house sportspeople living in Cambridge, has opened its doors for business. The lodge's design by Hamilton Team Architects was based on a small version of an Olympic Village where there were six pods all labelled with Olympic destinations.

You can read more about the new lodge here>>>>

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Murali Bhaskar, a true multicultural citizen of Aotearoa

Murali Bhaskar our New Plymouth Director has been featured in a recent article by Viginia Winder. Murali landed in Aoteroa 30 years ago and Winder details of her discovery of Murali's tales of culture shock, purposeful adjustments and full immersion into New Zealand life. 

You can read the full article here >>>>

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Highly Commended new home at TIDA Awards

New Plymouth based Team Architects Boon Goldsmith Bhaskar Brebner's Leuthart House has received a highly commended award at the Trends International Design Awards (TIDA). Located in the inner city of Taranaki next to Pukekura Park the new build two-storey home has strong visual links to the city, the coast, and the sea beyond. It's materiality further reflects the homes coastal connections with polished concrete floors detailed with beach coloured stones and rich timber finishes on both the exterior and interior.

For more images of the project click here.      

Keep an eye out for the upcoming issues of Trends Magazine which will feature some of the winning and highly commended projects from the awards. For a gallery of the winning projects click here.   

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TA Winner at NZ Property Council Awards 

Charlotte McKirdy of Parker Warburton Team Architects came back to Dunedin with prize in hand after attending the annual NZ Property Council Awards in Christchurch in November. Nominated in the Greenwood Roche Young Achiever of the Year Category, Charlotte won the Judges Choice Award, which recognises people in the property industry who have paved the way for our current and future cities and built environments.

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Aged Care Award for New Memory Care Centre

Team Architects is excited to announce that the recent Memory Care Centre at the Summerset by the Ranges village was awarded the prestigious New Zealand Aged Care Association’s Built and Grown Environment Award at the 2017 New Zealand Aged Care Association Gala Conference dinner in September. This award recognises exceptional and innovative design that positively impacts the quality of life for a resident.

The facility boasts a high quality residential style of living that encourages the dementia residents to function as independently as possible in a safe, secure, comfortable and homely environment.

For more information on the project click here. 

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NZTA Community Award for Avantidrome

The Avantidrome by Team Architect's Hamilton Branch has won another award - this time being the popular choice of it's local community. The Avantidrome in Cambridge was named the winner of NZTA's "favourite places to ride" for the Community facility category in 2017. Completed in 2014, the facility has gone from strength to strength and has been commended for its ability to cater for professional cyclists as well being highly accessible to its local community. To read more about the award click here, for more information on the Avantidrome project click here.  

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3 Cheers for Taranaki Team in 2017 Western Architecture Awards

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The Taranaki Team Architects branch had reasons to celebrate on Friday with wins in three different categories at the 2017 Western Architecture awards held in Palmerston North. Boon Bhaskar Goldsmith Brebner's office fit out for IVHQ as a volunteer coordination and logistics hub pocketed them an award in the 'Interior Architecture' category as well as a Resene Colour Award. Another Resene Colour Award winner and winner in the 'Small Projects' category was the practice's Stratford District Council Library Redevelopment with a vibrant design that created greater engagement between the library spaces and the public sphere. The third win for the practice featured in the 'Housing Alterations and Additions' category for their Barbour House project that took a 70's coastal home into the contemporary times whilst maintaining the integrity of the original home. These projects now have the opportunity to be shortlisted for the New Zealand Architecture Awards which take place at the end of the year, watch this space!  

Read more about the 2017 Western Architecture Awards here.  



And a new Chair for Team Architects NZ

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We are pleased to announce that William Fulton, one of our Christchurch based directors, has been appointed chair of Team Architects NZ taking over from Napier based Director Paul Dougan who had completed his two years in the role.

William has over 20 years of professional experience following a double qualification in Architecture and Landscape Architecture being a specialist in Heritage, Landscape Design and project delivery. A director of the Christchurch Team Architects practice William has been a director of TANZ since 2004.

Since the destruction caused by the Canterbury earthquakes William has been involved with numerous Heritage projects including the restoration of Te Koraha at Rangi Ruru School and the reconstruction of New Regent Street. He has been involved with a selection of Christchurch City Council Heritage assets, notably assisting with the restoration of Rolleston House (YHA). He has been involved with various Methodist Church projects including the Bryndwr Church, one of the few stone churches to remain following the earthquakes. Another of the most significant projects was the Bridge of Remembrance where he was involved as Heritage Architect to liaise with the Engineers, Stonemasons and City Council Heritage staff working on the strengthening and restoration of this highly significant site. 



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