Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki has won the International Award for Architectural Excellence from The Royal Institute of British Architects – the first time a New Zealand building has won.
Auckland Art Gallery heritage galleries. Photo by John Gollings.
The awards, the winners of which were announced last Thursday, are given to only 12 buildings a year and recognise some of the world’s most imaginative, dramatic and green buildings. Other winners in 2012 include the world’s tallest building, the Guangzhou Finance Centre. From this round of winners, a visiting jury will select the winner of the prestigious Lubetkin Prize.
Gallery director Chris Saines said, “We set out to develop a world class gallery and FJMT+Archimedia’s elegant and considered design has been instrumental to achieving that goal. Judged on the response of the near 600,000 visitors to date, this heritage restored and expanded building has become a flag-bearer for the city’s architectural and urban design future.”
The development of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki was commissioned and project managed by Auckland Council and included a series of emblematic, sculpted tree-like canopies cut from massive Kauri trees that enclose the forecourt, atrium and gallery areas.
This international award comes within a month of the gallery also winning the supreme award, the New Zealand Architecture Medal, at the New Zealand Architecture Awards and the highest accolade as the country’s top commercial property development for 2012 at the annual Property Industry Awards.
Projects such as this reflect the Mayor’s vision to make Auckland the world’s most liveable city and are a strong benchmark for other developments and transformations in the City Centre planned by Auckland Council as part of the City Centre Master Plan.
Full list of awards won by Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki in 2012:
2012 Royal Institute of British Architects
- International Award for Architectural Excellence
2012 NZ Museum Awards
- Project Achievement Award for Museum or Gallery Development
2012 NZIA Awards
- New Zealand Institute of Architects incorporated, New Zealand Architecture Award, Heritage, 25 May 2012
- New Zealand Institute of Architects incorporated, New Zealand Architecture Award, Public Architecture, 25 May 2012
- New Zealand Institute of Architects incorporated, New Zealand Architecture Medal, 25 May 2012
2012 Property Council New Zealand Property Industry Awards
- Education and Arts Property Award
- Heritage and Adaptive Reuses Property Award
- Supreme Award.