A cafe comprising of four shipping containers has won a prestigious design award.
The Long Bay Showroom and Cafe earned the Supreme title at the 2013 ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards.
The striking project by Cameron Cotton of Cubular was named best architectural design from 130 entries.
Judges were delighted to see an entry which tackles the housing affordability crisis, ADNZ general manager Astrid Andersen says.
"This design is robust, environmentally sustainable, energy efficient, affordable and relocatable. It is also beautifully designed and constructed," she says.
"The industrial nature of the shipping containers has been embraced, left unclad and painted with heavy duty matt black container paint. It is a beautiful mix of solid, ribbed, robust steel combined with smooth, translucent glass. ADNZ encourages all of its designers to look at solutions to New Zealand's building problems - particularly designs which are as simple and as elegant as this one."
Though Long Bay Showroom and Cafe is a commercial design, Cotton's company has produced a suite of residential and commercial designs that aim to provide an answer to housing affordability. Each design is custom built, innovative, well designed and can be shipped and relocated to anywhere in the world.
The company utilises a combination of 6.1 metres and 12.19m single and multi-level shipping containers in their designs.
The Long Bay Showroom and Cafe reflects a systems approach to the procurement of buildings, which is essential in situations like the Christchurch rebuild where large numbers of buildings were needed in a hurry. awards were held in Dunedin at a gala dinner on September 27. They recognise successful design in residential and commercial architecture across a range of categories including new homes, multi-unit dwellings, interiors, alterations and additions and industrial design.
In addition to the supreme winner, six designers from across the country were awarded national awards for their designs.
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