2017 New Zealand Architecture Awards Winner
151 Queen Street (1992)
A monument to a particularly febrile period in the history of local capitalism, 151 Queen Street – formerly the Fay Richwhite Building – has transcended the circumstances of its genesis. Time has shown that the 29-story tower is, in terms of its design and construction quality, architectural detailing and provision of amenity, head and shoulders above nearly all similar buildings of its era, and most that have been built since then. The building has a slender grace, bay windows on the topmost floors draw natural light deep into the interior, and the floor plan is generous. The glass technology, especially that deployed above the entrance foyer, was an adventure in contemporary specification that testifies to the nerve of the architects and continues to pay dividends for building’s owner.