'Cock block' wins architecture award
Hope Crematorium also honoured in double win
A crematorium and public toilets are among winning architectural projects in this year's Nelson Marlborough Architecture Awards.
The awards for 13 buildings across the regions were announced at the Theatre Royal in Nelson last night.
Jerram Tocker Barron Architects was the only firm to be recognised in two categories of the awards.
Their design for the Hope Gardens of Remembrance Crematorium was recognised in the commercial category, and the firm was a winner in the Small Project Architecture category with its design of Nelson's 1903 Square toilets, locally known as the 'Cock block' due to its location on a site gifted by the Cock Charitable Trust
Marc Barron said both were interesting projects. "We enjoy doing things that are out of the ordinary, we can be a bit more creative and innovative."
While the toilets was a small project it was important for its location, he said. Their brief from the city council was to ensure it fitted in with the Victorian heritage of the area, and as part of that they had used the motif pattern on the nearby fountain and replicated it on the doors of the toilets.
The awards jury said the robust, modern design was "an elegant assembly of city furniture".
Mr Barron said when they designed the crematorium, with a chapel and memorial room, there was a public hearing about it so there was a lot of public scrutiny and they felt it had to be carefully designed.
It was inspired around the idea of a Chinese garden with the walls blocking out the foreground to concentrate on the distant views.
The judging jury said the courtyard allowed light and views to enter the chapel, while maintaining a sense of privacy. Natural elements such as stone, timber and flowing water were organised "in clear, meaningful axes to create a quiet, spiritual place of remembrance."
Convenor of the jury, Nelson architect John Palmer, said the entries were of a consistently high standard and that it was "a real privilege" to experience them all.
"Nothing was awarded lightly," said Mr Palmer who with the other jury members, architects Chris Kelly and Richard Sellars and artist Rose Shepard, spent three days travelling throughout the district to view 28 projects.
Other projects in the Nelson region which received awards include Arthouse Architecture's interior architecture of Nelson Radiology; Torea House, designed by Wellington firm Tennent and Brown Architects, on a former orchard with views of the Waimea Estuary; Havenview House, by Queenstown practice Kerr Ritchie, on a hillside overlooking Nelson, and St Arnaud Cottage, by Peter Wood Architect, which received an enduring architecture award.
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