The World Architectural Festival (WAF) has announced the finalists for its 2019 awards, which include five projects by Warren and Mahoney.
Warren and Mahoney's shortlisted projects feature across a diverse range of categories, from commercial to civic. The projects include a premium car showcase for Giltrap in Auckland, the historic restoration of Martinborough Waihinga Community Centre, and the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) in Auckland.
Managing Director John Coop says the team at Warren and Mahoney is delighted to see a diverse range of projects receive this level of recognition on a global stage.
“With each of these projects, we worked closely with our clients and the community to understand the essential purpose and context behind a brief. It’s this collaborative approach which allows us to express identity and create places that people connect to and feel like they are a part of.
“As New Zealanders, we are outward looking and always seeking new creative possibilities, and WAF gives us the opportunity to take our designs to the world. To achieve five project finalists is evidence that our design approach is resonating beyond our shores,” says Coop.
WAF’s organisers noted this year’s competition received a record-breaking 1,000 entries, making a shortlist nomination a true feat. A total of 20 New Zealand projects and 12 architecture practices were recognised in this year’s programme.
Each of the category winners will be announced at the festival in November, and winners will go on to compete for the World Building of the Year award or the Future Project of the Year award.
Category: Completed Projects – Display
Giltrap Group’s building on Great North Road showcases the company’s premium automotive brands and includes three large office floors above and four levels of dedicated car storage and servicing below.
Category: Completed Projects - Old and New
Delivered in association with landscape architects Wraight and Associates, this project is centered around the restoration and extension of the 106-year-old Martinborough Town Hall into a bustling multi-purpose community hub, home to a Plunket, library, café, visitor centre and back-of-house support spaces.
Category: Completed Projects – Commercial
The 12 Madden project, located at the heart of the Wynyard Quarter Innovation Precinct (WQIP), is a 6-storey contemporary commercial building. The project successfully achieved a 6 Star Green Star rating, making it one of the most sustainable in the world.
Category: Future Projects – Civic
Designed by Warren and Mahoney in association with Moller Architects and Woods Bagot, the NIZCC will be a uniquely urban convention centre and will act as the key venue in which New Zealand hosts the world. It is designed to reflect the character of our country and people and features major artworks by Sara Hughes and Peata Larkin.