Kiwi tribal centre honoured at WAN Commercial Awards

WAN winner_NZ

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.”


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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