Keenan Tamarapa – The Glass Man, New Plymouth
Jack Marks – Insite Facades, Auckland
Bradan Rowe, Viridian Glass, Nelson
Leon McClelland, Native Timber Joinery, Te Awamutu
Sometimes a box is far more than ‘just’ a box. In this case the architects have created a work that relies for its effect not on formal gymnastics, but on a rich and sure sense of heightened simplicity which is developed to achieve unquestionable drama. A strong and sophisticated timber structure is revealed by the glazed weather-skin that both protects and frames it. This transparent envelope has the quality of a jewel box, holding and at the same time revealing the interior. The colour and patterning on the front face of the building only add to its appeal.
This is an impressive house with many features of design interest. Not least of these is an heroic pair of sliding corner doors that must have required close collaboration between the structural engineer and the glazing fabricators. A wide range of door and window solutions has been employed and they add significantly to both the appearance and the operation of the house, particularly in blurring that important transition between the inside and the outside, the zone in which so much domestic living takes place in Aotearoa/New Zealand
The designers confronted a number of challenges in ‘floating’ a serrated roof above this apartment and they met them with great success. Not least of these was the seamless interface between the glazing and the ceilings. The effect this produces is striking and provides perhaps the biggest take-away in an apartment not short of highlights.
This is a strong project in which a relatively simple palate of forms and colours is activated by a couple of moves of impressive boldness and drama. Paradoxically it is by suppressing the glazing, in places almost to the point of invisibility, that the designers have demonstrated most clearly their confident understanding of just how much it adds to the composition and experience of the house.
This project is eminently successful in that it breaks with the tradition common to the occupational group which it houses. The extensive and carefully-considered use of glass in office partitions and balustrades provides an openness and transparency which reflects a new way of presenting banking both to the public and to bank staff. This is a new generation of bank premises and the use of glass assists in creating a modern and attractive environment.
And now for something different. More of a spatial enclosure than a conventional building, this project describes the glass envelope for the network of aerial networks which makes both a home and a playground for a range of the Zoo’s primates. The glass roof and walls provide an uninterrupted view of them engaged in the routines of their daily lives and will surely provide a seamless viewing delight for the visitors. No other material than glass, here expertly handled, could have enabled such a close experience of some of our closest cousins.
This design met the remarkably severe challenge of a glass façade with sufficient strength to support an external canopy. This is by no means a standard technology and considerable skill and effort was needed from the engineers and the glass contractors in order to make it work. The outcome is a large-scale and visually dramatic element in the building which reflects a high degree of innovation in design, fabrication and erection.
Glass curtain walls, glass canopies, glass sliding doors, glass partitions and frameless glass balustrades– curved even – combine in this sharp and stylish building to create an environment saturated with glass. This showroom is a good example of where the building itself conveys to the visitor the very clear message that glass and glazing systems are not only essential parts of a building project but that they can be deployed in a multitude of unusual and exciting ways.
This 5 Green Star Design rated building may stand as an example of the new Christchurch City Centre. The extensive perimeter glazing required to provide the building with an appropriate level of openness and transparency is only partially concealed by the aluminium veils or curtains that are largely drawn back on the main façade. Clearly such a building required a very high level of performance from its glazing system and it is in large part to the successful achievement of this that its high thermal performance is achieved.
We’ve cancelled our 2020 conference and design awards, but did proceed with our Apprentice awards. And the winners are:
Nathan has had the benefit of being involved in the manufacturing side of glass, and this gives him a better insight into the installation side of the industry. It has been a pleasure working with Nathan through his apprenticeship as he has always come very prepared for assessment visits. He documents his work well with photos and notes, and he is able to learn and describe the tasks to me clearly. He has grabbed the apprenticeship opportunity with both hands and is running with it, making it his own. He is doing tasks in the workshop, well beyond a first year apprentice. Nathan is a worth recipient of this award and I look forward to working with Nathan to see where his path takes him. (TA- Grant Johnson)
Right from the beginning of his apprenticeship, Simon showed he was fully engaged and striving for success. He is very attentive in his work, asks lots of questions of his employer and with all his visits he is prepared accordingly. His documentation and evidence is always well organised and aligns with the specified criteria that he is currently working on. All discussions with his employer and factory manager have indicated his positive and friendly nature around the factory which makes his training very easy. Simon is a worthy winner of this award and I wish him well for the future. (TA- Graeme Fairclough)
Ethan is a special guy and he will be a leader one day. From the time I got to know him, before he started his apprenticeship, he stood out as someone that would go places, and so far he hasn’t disappointed. It was a no brainer to support his nomination for most improved apprentice in 2018, which he proceeded to win. Upon winning, his then CEO asked him his plans for the future and his answer was “I want your job”. At the time, although hilarious, we all knew it could be achieved. Since that award, Ethan has been to the leadership group at “Outward Bound”, has been in a live web feed answering questions about being an apprentice and he has sat on a panel in front of 300 BCITO members answering questions about his journey and how we can improve. When asked to do these things, his answer was “ yeah, I’ll do that, it will be a good experience”. He is currently studying papers at Massey and also completing a Supervisor qualification through the BCITO. At work he is currently running large construction projects and training his own apprentices. He is a very worthy winner and I believe we will be hearing more from Ethan in the future. (TA- Grant Johnson)
I have always found Ariana very proactive and engaged toward achieving her goals and in turn achieving her qualification, she demonstrates sound knowledge along with great on site practical skills. She is actively engaged with what is happening in the factory and shows confidence in her own ability. Ariana has worked on some complex jobs from start to finish and has the confidence to take a leading role when required, she is able to give clear instructions, problem solve and work unsupervised to achieve the desired outcome. Ariana works in well with her team and company staff, subcontractors, suppliers and clients. Ariana has excelled in her industry and has now been given extra responsibilities by her employer in the business and has taken on this challenge to broaden her skill base, this is a testament to her skills/ability and commitment to pursue excellence in her industry. Ariana has a positive attitude and outlook for her future with a good work/life balance and I am sure she is going to have a very successful career in the industry. I congratulate Ariana on her achievement as apprentice of the year winner 2020 and wish her every success for her future. (TA- Scott Braithwaite)
Jacob Clayton, Metro Dunedin
Singleton Matehaere, Bradnams Rotorua
Darcee McInnes, Viridian Nelson
Anthony Harris, Design Windows West Coast
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Asher Takao, Gisborne Glass
Shevonne Evans, Gateway Glass & Aluminium Ltd, Waikato
Ethan Taylor, Viridian Glass Nelson
The supreme award is given for an outstanding project that excels in a number of areas. The Ministry of Primary Industries building has been entered for an award in different categories by two members of the teams that delivered it: Bradnam’s Commercial and Metro Performance Glass. This is unusual and it hints at the range of skills that had to be brought to bear on the project to bring it to completion – and of course these two parties were not the only players involved in delivering this aspect of the project. The result, a complex synthesis of design, fabrication and installation, is a building with an outstanding presence on its site and one that delivers a rich and varied range of visual experiences. The New Zealand building industry as well as the Glazing Association would welcome more projects of this standard.
Massively oversized glass louvres create a delightful space for al fresco dining. This is a clever and brave adaption of an otherwise common device.
This is an impressive project where a small number of complex moves have been made with assurance and skill. The curved walls and doors of the sanctuary create a memorable space and the glazed panel containing the crucifix is hardly less memorable
The design of the windows and doors is a major factor in achieving the desired effect in this faithful reproduction of a late-Victorian farmhouse. Proportions and details are true both to historic precedent and to the design intent and it would not have been possible for the project to have been successful without the care devoted to them.
Interior and exterior glazing come together seamlessly in this project contributing significantly to a striking design. Large glazed elements generate an impressive sense of openness and the motorised louvred roof over the portico is a dramatic and wholly successful element in the experience of the house.
A dramatic, exposed roofline in this house is supported on heavily glazed walls which reveal outstanding views. It is the resultant generosity and openness which this provides to the main public spaces which gives the house its character and delight.
This is a hugely dramatic house with extensive glazing, colour matched to the exterior cladding. Strong, rectilinear forms sit poised above magnificent views to which the transparency of the house gives full effect.
Raking walls and dramatic rooflines are here complimented by finely detailed glazing units that permit the spatial forms of the building to be fully appreciated.
The Window Innovation showroom attracts attention from the street by a colourful exterior. Inside there is space for a wide range of displays enabling clients to see the product range, and the opportunities it presents, clearly. This looks like an exciting place in which to make choices about door and window systems.
A smart App for your Smart phone. This device, which can be downloaded for free, enables you to measure the thickness of glass and, if necessary, the gap between double glazed units. Like all good ideas it’s simple and effective.
Supreme Winner Design Windows Nelson for the Suter Art Gallery
This was a project of considerable architectural and cultural significance and the additions to the Suter therefore required a sensitive and very careful approach to all aspects of the design, fabrication and installation. The window suppliers were tasked by the architects with the provision of glazing of very different types and the work which resulted from this brief is of the highest standard, fully worthy of the building complex in which it is situated. Like some other entries in this year’s awards the project has the additional merits of being not only community based but also of integrating significant heritage elements with uncompromisingly new work. Congratulations to Design Windows Nelson—also winners of the Commercial 100K + Design Flair category
Commercial under 100K Winner Design Windows West Coast for Brophy Knight
This is a calm, elegant and uncompromisingly modern intervention into the existing mixed streetscape of a small provincial town. The glazing grid, which forms a significant component of the main façade, reinforces the somewhat painterly composition of the elevation in a way that links the stair and light fittings inside the building to the street. This gives the building a controlled and understated appearance which is nevertheless inviting.
Sauvarins First Class Services for Chambers and Station Project
A faultlessly executed project of great style and confidence which remains entirely true to the character of the heritage buildings being restored. This is an exemplar project which immaculately restores and extends the life of very dignified civic buildings of the early 20th century. Both the interiors and the exteriors are calm and poised and the glazing – which in style and appearance is faithful to the original intentions but now performs to 21st century standards – makes a significant and valuable contribution to the outcome.
Metro Performance Glass Christchurch for the Awly Building
A significant part of the post-earthquake rebuild, this project depends almost entirely on its façade design to contribute to the dramatic effect it has on the street. Designed to meet stringent acoustic and shading criteria this work is characterised by a strong expression of texture and colour that make it immediately noticeable. Clearly one of the more successful projects in the restoration of the city the Awly Building makes a great contribution to the new Christchurch.
Metro Performance Glass Wellington – Hutt City Council Admin Building
This project is an excellent piece of upgrading combined with heritage restoration work. In the course of the work a previous façade is revealed and at the same time transformed by being wrapped in a bold new patterned curtain wall. It is a delight to see glass used in such a clever juggling act that simultaneously respects the past while acknowledging the present.
Large Winner – Kennedy Aluminium
A bold complex with everything a prospective client might want at hand, this showroom presents the industry as a whole very well. Modern, bright and comprehensive it is a credit to its owners.
Small Winner – C E Aluminium
Small but perfectly formed, this is a pocket showroom that looks as if it would be a pleasure to use. It’s pretty well as good as it gets at this scale.
Metro Performance Glass Auckland for the Euroclass Head Office
Confronting some serious challenges in both acoustic and thermal design this building rises to the challenge with a complex and effective suite of design solutions. The high performance façade has been proven in-use to meet the requirements of the demanding specification. The building demonstrates something especially important for this particular client, how well good glazing design can overcome unusually difficult site conditions.
Shearmac Aluminium for the Red Cottage
This was a charming project – small but exactly appropriate in all its qualities. The window design is perfectly adapted to the character of the building and provides a model for alteration and addition work of a building from an earlier period. The building as a whole, to which the window design makes a real contribution, could provide a model for small and affordable housing in New Zealand, a social problem of great importance.
Tasman Aluminium for the Jack House
This Award was given not for the size of the project – it is relatively modest – nor for its complexity but because of the way in which the glazing animates the spaces within and outside the building and forms a harmonious whole with all other aspects of the design. The elegance of the frames makes the glazing system almost imperceptible and by its very invisibility contributes more to the house than it could have done by being more obvious. This is a case where less is certainly more.
Design Windows Central for Domain Road House
This house has a sharp, modern feel while using recognisably traditional forms. The overall effect therefore avoids unnecessary striving but retains a calm and controlled level of understanding of what is necessary – no more and no less. The glazing in the house is perfectly well-adapted to this understanding and is faultlessly attuned to the overall concept.
Whangarei Aluminium for Taiharuru Beach House
This house represents a very high level of architectural design quality and the glazing systems rise to meet the standard. The apparently effortless bringing together of diverse and complex elements conceals a great deal of care and attention to detail which is a necessary part of the success of the project.
Illuminated Glass Winner Metro Performance Glass Palmerston North – Boardway Radiology Specialist Centre
This apparently straightforward addition to the top levels of the building provides the client with an opportunity to dramatically vary its appearance by multi-coloured illumination. The patterned glazing, attractive enough in normal daylight, becomes a transformative feature at night. The designers have leveraged this aspect of the glazing to great effect.
Hardie Fasteners for Windows Handle Repair Screw