World Architecture Festival opportunity to vote for New Zealand entries

Issue 32 – October 2011

The World Architecture Festival is the world's largest global architectural awards programme. It is a unique meeting point for architects, suppliers, and clients, and attracts hundreds of entries and visitors from all over the world. Among the 700+ entries from 59 countries are two top New Zealand iconic timber buildings, which have both been shortlisted in their categories.

You can support these buildings by voting in the People's choice awards, using the links below. Voting closes on 28 October 2011 and the top three projects will be shortlisted to go to the event and present their projects to a live audience. Register ( and then follow the links below to vote.

  • Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology's new Arts and Media Building ( has wowed the local community and is attracting international attention as a world leading landmark structure. It's the world's first multi-storey wooden building using pre-stressed timber as the structural building material, and its new generation earthquake resistant technology is turning heads.
  • The architecture of the new Waitomo Glowworm Caves Visitor Centre ( emphasises the connection with the Waitomo stream and the flows of water running through the caves. The woven timber and ETFE gridshell canopy spans both the entrance and exit paths to the historic Glowworm Caves. The canopy gridshell is aligned with the curve of the Waitomo stream. It reinforces the generating idea for this project of the canopy in combination with the caves, create a positive and a negative – a simple lightweight 'sky shell' to counterpoint the subterranean cave space that is dissolved and moulded out of the ground.

Information supplied by NZ Wood Design Advisory Centre.

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