Studio Pacific Architecture were recognised at the NZ Institute of Architects awards for their Nelson Airport terminal design. Photo: Supplied.

Nelson architecture shines at awards


Nelson’s new airport terminal and a hillside home claimed national awards at two separate ceremonies last week.

Studio Pacific Architecture picked up the Sir Miles Warren award for Excellence in Commercial Architecture for the Nelson Airport terminal at Thursday’s New Zealand Institute of Architects awards.

Judges described the building as “a great hovering timber tent that celebrates the excitement of air travel”.

“The design process is a testament to what can be achieved with a strong design team using integrated design process, not only in New Zealand but globally, for all passive buildings.

“Nelson Airport is set to become a defining moment for Nelson and for New Zealand regional architecture, and an attraction in its own right.”

Chairman of Nelson Airport, Paul Steere, said Studio Pacific had “stood by their side” for the past five years during the build of their vision through to commissioning.

“Their guidance, explanations and support were invaluable in us meeting the challenge of the most complicated build in Nelson ever, resulting in an iconic landmark of which the community will be proud in the decades to come.”

Meanwhile, a contemporary hillside home with expansive views of Tasman Bay has won a 2020 ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Award.

Karsten Architectural Design Ltd’s ‘Bellevue House’ was praised for its clever design. Photo: Supplied.
Karsten Architectural Design Ltd’s ‘Bellevue House’ was praised for its clever design. Photo: Supplied.

Designed by Tony Karsten of Karsten Architectural Design Ltd, the project titled ‘Bellevue House’, received a Commended Award in the Residential New Home between 150m2 and 300m2 Category at the Nelson/ Marlborough ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Regional Awards last Friday.

Located on a steep hill site, with strict planning rules and challenging geotechnical conditions, a clever design was required.

Judges described the home as geometric, orthogonal, and minimal.

They said the design was a clever response to a complex site and demanding brief. Gregory Watts, CEO of Architectural Designers New Zealand, praised Tony for his considered and inspired response to a difficult site.

“With its beautiful views, it is a magical spot for the homeowners to enjoy. It is fantastic to see members of ADNZ finding solutions to complicated sites that might have sat unused otherwise.”

Regional winners were announced from August to October, while the National Awards Gala will be held on Friday November 20 in Auckland.