2019 New Zealand Architecture Awards Winner
Lakeside Soldiers Memorial Hall
The Lakeside Soldiers Memorial Hall replaces the original 1917 hall demolished after the 2010-11 Canterbury earthquakes, and its design is testament to the memory of its predecessor and the sacrifices it commemorated, and to the continued importance of this type of facility in New Zealand rural communities. The design is alive to the historical and social resonances of the memorial hall, and to the circumstances of contemporary use. A good relationship between architect and client has informed the design of a building sufficiently flexible to accommodate a variety of events and occasions, while the architect’s sympathetic understanding of the cultural significance of the project has made for an appropriate conciliation between pragmatic requirements and poetic expression.