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New Zealand projects shortlisted for World Architecture Festival

28 June 2018

Fifteen New Zealand projects, some built, some under construction, and some conceptual, have been shortlisted for this year’s World Architecture Festival (WAF).

Warren and Mahoney Architects has four projects shortlisted with two, Memorial Bridge, Christchurch and Waterview Connection, Auckland, in the transport category. The practice’s design for a University of Waikato Marae and Multi-Purpose Facility in Hamilton has been shortlisted in a category for competition entries, and a Lincoln University and AgResearch Joint Facility in Christchurch was shortlisted in WAF's education category for “future projects”. 

Manukau Bus Station, in Auckland, by Beca Architects and Cox Architecture was also shortlisted in the transport category while a Hamilton project by Opus Architecture, The New Law & Management Building at The University of Waikato is on the higher education and research shortlist. 

He Tohu Document Room, designed by Studio Pacific Architecture, continues a remarkable run of recent success by being shortlisted in WAF's exhibition category. The project, home to the permanent exhibition of Aotearoa New Zealand’s nation-shaping documents, recently won the Supreme Award at the Interior Awards and an award for public architecture at the Wellington Architecture Awards. 

Two houses have been shortlisted this year: Crosson Architects’ DNA House, which is in the Coromandel, in the ‘villa’ category and Turama, a Rotorua house designed by RTA Studio, in the house category. An as yet unbuilt Arrowtown House designed by RTA Studio was shortlisted in the ‘future projects’ housing category. 

Auckland practice Monk Mackenzie Architects has three future projects shortlisted. One is an office building for Foodstuffs at Auckland Airport, which is expected to be built by 2020. Two speculative projects, a Te Whau, Auckland pedestrian bridge, a joint project with Jasmax that envisages a connection to the Manukau Harbour, and a concept for a sweeping walkway in Thiruvalluvar, Kanyakumari, at the southern tip of India, are shortlisted in the future projects infrastructure category. 

LandLab, the Auckland-based landscape architecture practice that collaborated with Monk MacKenzie on Auckland's pink Lightpath, also has three projects shortlisted: a design for a small Ponsonby park, an 'island in the Hauraki Gulf, and a masterplan for Queenstown's town centre.

In 2013, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki was named 'Building of the Year' at WAF. This year there were more than 1000 entries from 86 countries with 536 projects shortlisted. WAF will be held in Amsterdam from 28-30 November.