The Best Design Awards are a major feature of the local design calendar and some of last year's winners are touring the country to offer first-hand insights into their projects.
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Rich Naish, Jeremy Smith, Andrea Stocchero
Judge's comments: Te Whare Nui o Tuteata is a stunning piece of Aotearoa architecture, not only for its dense storytelling and design excellence but more importantly, what it stands for and the engagement process it undertook with science and mana whenua. An exciting blend of our modern world and tikanga principles. From its carbon-stored timber bone structure, to its Matariki lighting features, it demonstrates by example how the buildings of tomorrow, need to be considered and shaped.
Rachael Rush, Felicity Tapper
Tiaho Mai means 'shining light'. It represents an exciting, if not dramatic, step up from traditional mental healthcare. This building places wellness, family and community at the heart of the recovery journey.
Dajiang Tai, Emily Priest
Cheshire’s design process was to create a hotel that feels as if it belongs to Aotearoa and its people, not just the guests who stay there. They dedicated themselves to creating a deep sense of craftmanship not typically associated with contemporary buildings of this scale. The aim was for the architecture, interiors, and heritage buildings to feel seamlessly integrated into a five green-star building ecosystem (The Hotel Britomart is New Zealand’s first and only 5 Green-Star hotel, certified by the NZ Green Building Council).
Graham Tipene (Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei)
Te Tatau Kaitiaki piece acknowledges this building as a kaitiaki (guardian) of taonga (precious Māori collections). Te Tatau Kaitiaki acknowledges change. Te Tatau Kaitiaki acknowledges the whakapapa (genealogy) of all who keep taonga safe.