Canterbury's best buildings

20:40, Oct 18 2012
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Black Estate Winery.
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The Court Theatre by Fulton Ross Team Architects.
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Smart House by Wilson & Hill.
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Redcliffs House by MAP.
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Re START by The Buchan Group.
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Poynder Ave House by Sheppard & Rout Architects.
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Glandovey Road House by Wilson & Hill Architects.
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Civic Boulevard by Athfield Architects - Planning and Urban Design Award.
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Christchurch Civic Council Office and Chambers by Athfield Architects - Interior Architecture Award.
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Christchurch Civic Building by Athfield Architects - Sustainable Architecture Award.
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Christchurch Civic Building by Athfield Architects - Public Architecture Award.

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.

Canterbury Architecture Awards
Canterbury Architecture 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."

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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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