Kiwi tribal centre honoured at WAN Commercial Awards

Hopuhopu Tribal Centre in New Zealand’s Waikato District won the Unbuilt category in the WAN Commercial Awards 2011.

Hamish Monk Architecture’s impressive masterplan forms a commercial base in Waikato Tainui and was a standout project at the awards, held by UK-based website World Architecture News (WAN).

The immense 137 hectare project struck a chord with judge, Mark Swetman, Director of Hines, who commented: “The fact that it has gone from a very traditional style to a very modernistic one has got to be celebrated.”

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Fellow juror Eric Parry was equally impressed, and added: “It’s nice to have a set of buildings within the context of a landscape without too much pretentiousness.

“I think internally there is the potential for a very beautiful condition of light between the outer weathering skin and the internal surface in its patterned timber as it responds to a place of community.”

The  winning project in the Completed category was Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects’ The Granary in London, a contemporary reuse project which sensitively re-imagines an 1870s listed building into a chic new headquarters for developer/contractor Rooff.

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