The Waiheke Gateway Pavilion designed by Stevens Lawson Architects and built with the assistance of Architecture, Construction and Engineering students from Unitec, has received a Small Project Award at the recent New Zealand Architecture Awards, the country’s premier architectural design competition.
The Waiheke Gateway Pavilion designed by Stevens Lawson Architects was praised for its "nice bi-cultural illusion to the wharenui and gable". It also likened the wooden ribs to the vertebrae of a beached whale. The structure was originally intended by the architects to be erected at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale and was eventually built – with the assistance of a group of around 30 Unitec students – for this year’s Sculpture on the Gulf Exhibition on Waiheke Island.
“The Waiheke Gateway Pavilion is an extraordinary project for Unitec to be involved with. For our students to work with architects the calibre of Nicholas Stevens and Gary Lawson to realise such an outstanding piece of architecture is a remarkable experience, particularly as a student. These experiences can shape a career and to see the project recognised at the highest level of New Zealand architecture enriches the involvement further”, said Peter McPherson, Head of Architecture.
A model of the Pavilion will be on display at Gradfest.
More on the New Zealand Architecture Awards is available here.
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