The 2019 NZIA Western Architecture Awards were announced at an event in New Plymouth on Friday 10th of May. Boon Team Architects were thrilled to come away with 2 awards, out of the 11 recognised projects, from across the region. Jury convenor Ian Spiers made special mention of the Fenton Street Art Collective as a highlight of the awards. The Boon Team Architects restoration of a two-storey 1920s building in Stratford won the sole award in the Housing – Alterations and Additions category. The jury noted the success of the restoration commenting that “Today, it is a bustling, flexible and contemporary space that meets a range of new uses, including café, boutique distillery, writer’s den, office space and open-plan loft home.” Non-load bearing walls were removed to open up space, strengthening and skylights have been added, and original features restored. The resulting space is light-filled and expansive while acknowledging and celebrating the history of the building.
Boon Team Architects also found success in the Commercial Architecture category with their Powerco National Operations Centre project. The judges commented on the comfortable and productive environment created and the success of the campus-style of the project. The judges also complemented the “thoughtful handling of the interior” noting the use of acoustic treatments – ceiling tiles, fabrics and slatted timbers – that both demarcate space and designate activity. The critical technical function of the building, providing electricity to over 300,000 homes throughout New Zealand, integrates effectively with the intention to engage staff in a collaborative environment, all within a carefully articulated space.