Architects doing swimmingly

01:34, Dec 23 2013
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New Plymouth architect Glenn Brebner designed the award-winning Caroline Bay Aquatic Centre in Timaru.

A New Plymouth firm has turned milk bottles and silage wrap into award-winning architecture.

Boon Goldsmith Bhaskar Brebner Team Architects won two New Zealand Institute of Architecture (NZIA) local awards last month.

The $28 million Caroline Bay Aquatic Centre in Timaru, designed by one of the firm's directors, Glenn Brebner, took out one of the awards and the other went to the firm for its $3.5 million revamp of the Coal Town Museum in Westport, designed by Murali Bhaskar.

The awards recognise quality new architecture at a community level and Mr Bhaskar, one of the firm's directors, said it was an honour to have won.

"The firm has a legacy of doing a lot of civic and community projects. They're very fulfilling."

He said his firm liked to support civic and community groups and create facilities people could enjoy, and it was great to be recognised for this through the NZIA awards.


The Caroline Bay Aquatic Centre was commissioned by the Timaru District Council.

It was completed over a three- year period and opened in 2012.

Mr Brebner had designed both the interior and exterior, which included cladding made of recycled materials, making the public facility "innovative and cost effective".

The Coal Town Museum project involved the "rejuvenation" of the previous building, led by Mr Bhaskar.

Other civic and community projects undertaken by the firm include the $28 million Rotorua Events Centre, the $16 million Solid Energy Sport and Aquatic Centre in Westport, and the Ohakune Visitor Centre.

Projects currently under way by the firm included the redevelopment of the A C Baths in Taupo, the Miners Recreation Centre in Greymouth, the Martinborough Town Hall and cultural precinct redevelopment.

Taranaki Daily News