Auckland Art Gallery wins WAF Building of the Year 2013

Archimedia and fjmt's extension and adaptation of heritage buildings

by Malcolm Clark
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The prestigious World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards 2013 has crowned Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, New Zealand, designed by Austrialian office fjmt | francis-jones morehen thorp and New Zealand architects archimedia winner of the ‘World Building of the Year award'.

Paul Finch, WAF Programme Director, on behalf of the jury said “The winning project transcended category types. You could say it is about new and old, or civic and community, or display. It contrasts the manmade and the natural, and the relationship between art and science. This is a major design achievement in a seismic zone, providing an example of design pragmatism and a carful reworking which does no more than it needs to until it is required. Balancing many different elements, the resulting design is a rich complex of built ideas.”

After having won the Culture category on the 2nd day, the project was selected by the festival’s super-jury as world building of the year fending off the challenges from the festival’s other 16 category winners.

Previous winners of the World Building of the Year Award include università bocconi, Milan, designed by Grafton Architects (2008); Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre, South Africa, designed by Peter Rich Architects of Johannesburg (2009); MAXXI (National Museum of the 21st Century Arts) in Rome, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects (2010); Media-tic Building, Barcelona, designed by CLOUD 9 Architects (2011); Gardens by The Bay, Singapore, designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Grant Associates, Atelier One and Atelier Ten (2012).

National Maritime Museum - China

Before the main award was announced, the super jury selected two other winners of the Landscape of the Year and Future Building of the Year. Landscape of the year went to the Australian Garden, a new botanic garden in Cranbourne Australia designed by Taylor Cullity Lethlean + Paul Thompson and Future Building of the Year went to COX Rayner Architects waterfront museum in China, the National Maritime Museum.

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    Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki 44

    Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki

    Auckland / New Zealand / 2011

    Universita Luigi Bocconi 14

    Universita Luigi Bocconi

    Milan / Italy / 2008

    Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre 15

    Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre

    Mapungubwe / South Africa / 2009

    MAXXI 130

    MAXXI

    Rome / Italy / 2010

    Media-tic Building 12

    Media-tic Building

    Barcelona / Spain / 2009

    Gardens by The Bay 55

    Gardens by The Bay

    Singapore / Singapore / 2012

    National Maritime Museum China 27

    National Maritime Museum China

    Tianjin / China / 2019