Canterbury's best buildings

Check out architecture award winners

SAM SACHDEVA
Last updated 05:00 19/10/2012
Canterbury Architecture Awards
Stephen Goodenough
Canterbury Architecture Awards

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A shopping mall made from shipping containers and a warehouse transformed into a theatre are among the best buildings in post-earthquake Canterbury.

Some of the region's best-designed buildings were recognised at the 2012 Canterbury Architecture Awards last night.

The Christchurch City Council's civic offices, which hosted the awards ceremony, picked up four of the 11 awards.

The popular Re:Start container mall received an award for planning and urban design, while the Court Theatre's new home in a refurbished Addington warehouse was also recognised.

Awards jury convener and Christchurch architect Duval O'Neill said the number of awards won by temporary and refitted structures was a reflection on the design environment in post-quake Christchurch.

"If you look at the Court Theatre, it's a temporary building, but it's quite delightful going through and looking at all the work that's been done so they can occupy it."

He said the Hereford St civic offices, formerly the New Zealand Post building, was a "highlight" in the city and showed how old buildings could be refurbished and given new meaning.

"What struck us was that it's a great example of a building that's been strengthened and given a new lease of life," he said.

"It's now taking its place as probably one of the quality buildings in Christchurch, if not throughout the country."

O'Neill said architects felt "a bit shut out" of the city's recovery and wanted to play a greater role. Four houses received awards, including two in Fendalton and one in Redcliffs. Waipara's Black Estate Winery was the only commercial building to win a prize.

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