The Auckland Art Gallery has taken out another prestigious design award - the first time a New Zealand building has won.
The newly developed gallery won The Royal Institute of British Architects International Award for Architectural Excellence.
The awards are given to only 12 buildings annually and recognise some of the world's most imaginative, dramatic and eco-friendly buildings.
Other winners this year include the world's tallest building, the Guangzhou Finance Centre. From this round of winners, a visiting jury will select the winner of the prestigious Lubetkin Prize.
"We set out to develop a world class gallery and FJMT+Archimedia's elegant and considered design has been instrumental to achieving that goal," gallery director Chris Saines said.
"Judged on the response of the near 600,000 visitors to date, this heritage restored and expanded building has become a flag-bearer for the city's architectural and urban design future."
The development of the gallery was commissioned and project managed by Auckland Council and included a series of emblematic, sculpted tree-like canopies cut from massive Kauri trees that enclose the forecourt, atrium and gallery areas.
The award comes within a month of the gallery also winning the supreme award, the New Zealand Architecture Medal, at the New Zealand Architecture Awards and the highest accolade as the country's top commercial property development for 2012 at the annual Property Industry Awards.
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