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NZ buildings on global shortlist of world’s best

Seven New Zealand buildings have been shortlisted in the 2014 World Architecture Festival, which will be held in Singapore from October 1-3. 

New Zealand projects in the finals of the prestigious event are: ASB North Wharf, Auckland, by BVN Donovan Hill and Jasmax; Te Kaitaka, a showcase building at Auckland Airport, and Dune House at Orewa, both designed by Fearon Hay Architects; offSET Shed House, Gisborne, by Irving Smith Jack Architects; Christchurch Botanic Gardens, by Patterson Associates; the Regional Terminal at Christchurch Airport, by BVN Donovan Hill and Jasmax; and Emerald Bluffs House, Wanaka, by RTA Studio.

New Zealand Institute of Architects spokesman John Walsh says New Zealand architecture firms have established a strong record in the World Architectural Festival. 

“Several of the local practices on this year’s shortlist have made it to the finals of previous World Architecture Festivals, and one – RTA Studio – has made the shortlist six times.”

“These are significant achievements, given that the festival attracts hundreds of entries, many of them from large, multi-national practices based in Europe, Asia and North America.”

“Residential design has always been a strength of our architecture and several New Zealand houses are on this year’s World Architecture Festival shortlist. It’s also pleasing to note that other types of our buildings are winning international recognition.” 

Mr Walsh says the shortlisted New Zealand buildings have a hard act to follow.  At last year’s World Architecture Festival, the Auckland Art Gallery extension, designed by FJMT and Archimedia, took out the top award – the World Building of the Year. 

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Our 'good guys' are the best. The rest would easily win the World's Worst, annually.