The 2017 NZIA Gisborne / Hawke’s Bay Architecture Awards were held on Friday 12 May at the Hastings Art Centre, recognising 11 projects from across the East Coast region.
Sol Atkinson, convenor of the jury that visited all 15 shortlisted projects, said this year’s awards were the perfect opportunity to “recognise the architect’s role in forming, and protecting, the quality of the future built and natural landscapes.”
Kaiti School Wharekauri was amongst the winners on the night receiving an award in the Education category.
Congratulations to Architects 44 for winning a local NZIA award in Education at the 2017 Hawkes Bay/Gisborne Architecture Awards. We are so proud to have been involved in the construction of Wharekauri at Kaiti School. Read more about Kaiti School Wharekauri here.
Here’s what the Jury had to say about the project:
Taking cues from existing classroom blocks and responding to the strong community connection to the school, this project accommodates changing pedagogy by creating a flexible learning space that has been embraced by those who teach and learn in it. The exterior sits comfortably in its surrounds, and references the school's history while anticipating its next phase of development. Clever and considered use of every square metre provides an uncluttered, highly usable and adaptable space. Well thought-out detailing and construction methods minimised waste in order to maximise learning areas.