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”.