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
SCION Innovation Hub - Te Whare Nui o Tuteata
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.
Emily Beautrais (writer), Emma Brown, Matt von Trott FDINZ, Andre Afamasaga
Voice of Racism
Most of us are more than willing to say we’re anti-racist. But how can we actively and successfully fight racism if we don’t know what it can sound like? The campaign was designed to show the harm of lots of ‘small’ moments of racism, particularly when lived along more overt and aggressive examples.
Ngataiharuru Taepa (Te Ati Awa, Te Arawa), Kura Puke
The design of the wharenui ‘Te Whaioranga o Te Whaiao’ relates to a defined area within Te Waonui (the forest) and focused on the roles of atua such as Tāne Whakapiripiri and Hinewaonui in the creation of Te Rakau Tipua - the cosmic tree. This speaks of the connections to all things, which may be experienced by all of those who enter under its canopy and into its embrace, in ceremony guided by the spatial narrative.
Sam Stuchbury PDINZ, Katene Durie-Doherty
Proud to Be Māori
Unapologetic, unwavering, and delivering a message of hope, resilience, and pride, ‘Proud to be Māori’ stands as an enduring body of work with deep cultural significance, and bears an everlasting relevance to the issues faced within Aotearoa.