2017 New Zealand Architecture Awards Winner
Bishop Selwyn Chapel
This sublime structure fully delivers on the promise of an ambitious, competition-winning concept. A most harmonious relationship has been established among the three building elements: solid floor, feather-light roof and well-nigh dematerialised walls. In designing the chapel, the architects very wisely avoided taking sides in any stylistic dispute between the mid-twentieth century, neo-Gothic brick cathedral to the rear and the late nineteenth century, Gothic Revival timber church to one side. Instead, the chapel mediates between disparate neighbours, establishing respectful connections to both, and to the garden to which it is adjoined and to Maungakiekie in the distance, while at the same time holding its space under the golden cloak of its roof. Detailing is sensitive and sophisticated, and fittings and furniture are of a very high standard.