NZ Wood Timber Design Awards 2011 winners announced

Issue 34 – December 2011

The showcase Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) arts and media building won two major awards – commercial engineering and commercial architectural excellence – in the NZ Wood Timber Design Awards announced on 11 October 2011.

The NMIT building is a three-storey, seismically-protected timber structure. It is built from locally grown and fabricated laminated veneer lumber and designed by Nelson-based architects Irving Smith Jack and engineering consultancy Aurecon. The judges described it as, 'a beautifully integrated design solution where the design process has fully embraced structural timber innovation to create a landmark building for New Zealand'.

The initial design proposal for the NMIT building won a nationwide government competition for a ground-breaking timber structure to demonstrate and stimulate structural timber use. The design includes world first 'damage avoidance' seismic engineering incorporating post-tensioned timber shear walls.

The interior of Wellington Airport's new international terminal – 'the Rock' – won the interior fit-out award with the judges commenting on its 'visually arresting interior', which resulted in 'an iconic, engaging series of spaces'. The terminal was designed by Studio Pacific Architecture in association with Warren and Mahoney.

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Summarised from a NZ Wood media release 11 October 2011.

Published in building.