It has been amazing to be part of the WAF award winning team. When you look across the range and quality of projects put forward for the WAF Awards, to be short listed and then become associated with the overall winner is a momentous achievement for Grant Associates.
Director - Grant Associates
Date posted: 04/10/13
The 2013 World Building of the PYear is Auckland Art Gallery in New Zealand designed, by Australian architect FJMT with New Zealand practice Archimedia.
Paul Finch, director of the World Architecture Festival explained why the museum had beaten a very strong field. "It transcended various category types,' he said. 'It explores the relationship between new and old, it is a civic and community building, it is a display building, it engages with the difference between man-made and natural, it deals with art and science, and it is certainly about culture.'
The super jury was chaired by Ken Tadashi Oshima and consisted of Ken Yeang, Jeanne Gang, Dietmar Eberle and Patrick Bellew.
Catherine Slessor, who chaired the culture jury, said, 'It is an extremely sensitive addition to an existing building, technologically sophisticated in its use of materials particularly of the timber which is sacred to the Maori. They only used wood that had fallen in the forest.
'It reanimates an existing building without overwhelming it yet at the same time is a powerfu signifier of the new life of the building.'
ABOUT THE BUILDING
The new Auckland Art Gallery is an extensive public project that includes: thelrestoration and adaption of heritage buildings; a new building extension which more than doubles the public exhibition areas; extensive basement storage and support areas; and the redesign of adjacent areas of Albert Park.
The architecture developed from a concept which relates as much to the organic natural forms of the landscape as it does to the architectural order and character of the heritage buildings.
The new building is characterised by a series of fine ‘tree-like’ canopies that define and cover the entry forecourt, atrium and gallery areas. These light, profiled forms are inspired by the adjacent canopy of pohutukawa trees and ‘hover’ over the stone walls and terraces that reinterpret the natural topography of the site. The ceilings of the canopies are assembled from carefully selected Kauri, profiled into precise geometric patterns and supported on slender and tapering shafts. These emblematic forms give the gallery a unique identity that is inspired by the natural landscape of the site.