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As Christchurch’s inner city landscape unfolds, two finalist shortlistings in the heritage section of the the New Zealand Architecture Awards judges awards. have recognised a number of restoration and new The Diver Apartment on Victoria St has earned architectural projects as finalists in its annual awards. architectural firm MAP a finalist position for its interior The BNZ central city project, now a key landmark in architecture. This modern suburban dwelling has been the retail precinct of the central city, was designed by enhanced with soft, smokey hues contrasted against Sheppard & Rout Architects. Opened last year, it is a sharp modern lines. mixed-use development with retail, commercial and There were a total of 51 New Zealand projects hospitality tenancies. Its design has been recognised in shortlisted for the awards, with eight of them from the Planning & urban section of the awards. Christchurch. The Christchurch Arts Centre Clock Tower and The The convenor of the awards jury, Arrowtown Christchurch Club, were both significantly damaged during the earthquakes. Both of these historically architect Louise Wright, said the relatively high number cherished buildings had their restorations designed of shortlisted projects was testament to a strong year by Warren and Mahoney Architects – gaining the firm in New Zealand architecture.
“The range and quality of recent architecture projects made it difficult to decide what to leave off the shortlist,” said Wright. She and fellow jury members, Auckland architects Lance Herbst and Jack Mckinney and Australian architect kerry Clare, will visit all of the shortlisted projects to decide the winners. “Auckland architecture is evidently booming and it’s good to see a stream of strong projects emerging in Christchurch,” Wright said. “The jury is also pleased that there are strong award contenders in the public architecture category.” The winners of this year’s New Zealand Architecture Awards will be announced in Auckland on November 10.
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