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Studio Pacific has met all the required needs of Airways New Zealand in a new Nelson control tower, and in doing so has also managed to rise to greater design heights.

Congratulations to all the 2019 winners. The following pages detail some of the key award-winning buildings and those who designed and created them.

Airways NZ air traffic control tower, Nelson Airport By Studio of Pacific Architecture P H O T O G R A P H Y JA S O N M A N N | C AT E G O R Y: P U B L I C A R C H I T E C T U R E

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sculpted and tapered sentinel that stands proudly in the airfield surrounds,” is how the jury described Studio Pacific’s bold new air traffic control tower. “Air traffic control is a critical service and air traffic control towers have several very specific height, visibility and accommodation requirements. Studio Pacific has met all the required needs of Airways New Zealand in a new Nelson control tower, and in doing so has also managed to rise to greater design heights. “The six-level structure is a sculpted and tapered sentinel that stands proudly in the airfield surrounds. The connecting stair, however, wrapped on three sides with glass, is a celebration of lightness and an elegant counterpoint to the neighbouring terminal that was also designed by Studio Pacific.” The jury said Studio Pacific Architecture, which has previously designed an air traffic control tower for Wellington

Above: Clockwise - The stunning exterior; inside looking out

Airport as well as the main airport building at Nelson Airport, met all the pragmatic requirement of the building type while also rising to greater design heights. The new $6m control tower opened in August last year. Funded by Airways New Zealand and built by Nelson firm Gibbons Construction, as part of Nelson Airport’s $32 million redevelopment project, the 22-metre high tower has an operational eye level almost double the height of the previous tower. 35

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