2019 Awards

Most Promising Apprentice – Glass & Glazing

Jacob Clayton, Metro Dunedin

Most Promising Apprentice – Architectural Aluminium Joinery

Singleton Matehaere, Bradnams Rotorua

Apprentice of the year Glass & Glazing and winner of the Allan Sage Memorial Award

Darcee McInnes, Viridian Nelson

Apprentice of the year – Architectural Aluminium Joinery

Anthony Harris, Design Windows West Coast

Supreme Winner – Viridian – Lindis House

Citation: The Lindis House – a luxury five-bedroom lodge – is an outstanding piece of architecture set in magnificent surroundings. The architects have established a relationship between the building and its context by engaging with its form and placement in a profound and sympathetic but never hesitant manner. By doing this they have created a distinctive, memorable and finely crafted environment.

The contribution made to the project by the glazing is to open the building to the landscape and, by finishing the main glazed wall close to the sweeping roofline, to link the interior to the outside and to emphasise the fluid form of the building. This is a piece of architecture which not only effortlessly compliments its setting but, by the nature of the connections it makes, actually enhances it.


Designing with Glass – Commercial – Metro Performance Glass – Farmers Corner Restroom Pavilion

Citation: This is a brave and exceptionally stylish piece of sculpture in the landscape. The designers have taken what is often seen as an unpromising brief – a public toilet – and from it have produced an arresting piece of architecture that has the aspect of a piece of public art. It is hard to imagine how this project could have been more elegantly executed.

Metro Performance Glass

Design Awards – Residential – $26k to $75k – Vistalite Otago – Williams Residence

Citation: This design sketches the outlines of a house in a dramatic rural setting. It then fills in the sketch with a close attention to detail, colour and material selection, all of which are carefully considered and tightly controlled. Although described as a bach this design is in fact a very sophisticated interpretation of the house in the landscape. The glazing employed contributes significantly to the overall effect of the building with extensive areas of window, minimal framing and triple glazing to ensure satisfactory thermal performance.

Vistalite Otago

Design Awards – Residential – $76k to $175k – GA Aluminium – Glandovey House

Citation:  The Glandovey House is a hyper-dynamic expression of a way of building houses which is found more commonly in film settings or celebrity lifestyles than in suburban New Zealand. Lengthy open spans in the exterior walls are closed by sweeping banks of sliding doors and some dramatically propped cantilevers create a property with seamless connections to its garden and a very considerable sense of the dramatic.

GA Aluminium

Design Awards – Residential – over $176k – Viridian – Chalet New Zermatt, Queenstown

Citation: The complex form of the Chalet New Zermatt integrates three different materials – stone, glass and timber – into a rich and dynamic whole. The use of extensive glazing in the interiors makes fully visible the warmth and colour of the timber structure and finishes while large areas of direct glazing to the exterior link the building with its resort setting.


Eco Award – Highly Commended – Fisher Canterbury – Eco House

Eco Award – Highly Commended – Rylock Windows & Doors – Daisy Apartments

Design Awards – Commercial under $100k – Metro Performance Glass – The Craft Embassy

Citation: This is a straightforward and direct approach to providing a bar and relaxation/entertainment space between existing buildings and the river. Simple forms and extensive glazing create what feels like a stylish glasshouse while full expression of the steel structure provides a level of intricate detailing and visual interest.

Metro Performance Glass

Design Awards – Commercial over $101k – Design Windows AucklandCatalina Bay 1B,

Citation: This bold conversion of an old flying boat hangar into a social complex uses a simple device – the oversized ‘fire station door’ – to provide a dramatic removable wall from a triple height space on to the forecourt. Strong thinking leads to a strong outcome which in the case of this project illustrates the benefits of the innovative conversion of old buildings to new uses.

Design Windows Auckland

Innovation Award – The Glass Room – 12 Julius Terrace

Citation: This project illustrates an important, cleverly conceived and painstakingly resolved technology for restoring heritage leadlight windows with double-glazed units which meet current high-performance thermal performance standards. The project represents a valuable addition to the range of restoration technologies available in this country as well as an example of smart thinking and contemporary craft skills deployed in an impressive manner.

The Glass Room

Showroom Award – Hagley Windows and Doors

Citation: This showroom creates a series of stylish, extensive and comfortable spaces in which to display a range of window and door elements and technologies. It successfully minimises the sense of being a commercial environment and appears as a very easy and welcoming place for the public to visit to discover and discuss their options when buying glazing systems.

Hagley Windows and Doors