Opinions may vary on Wellington Airport's international passengers terminal, but the unusual building has been named the RMB Commercial Project of the Year.
The award, in the same vein as House of the Year, inspired high praise from competition judges.
"This extremely complex build was executed to perfection, resulting in a truly sensational building and environment to be in," the judges said.
"The Rock was a difficult build because of its complexity, shape and detailing.
"The site was restrictive, as the existing international airport terminal had to continue to operate while building took place.
"The outside of the building is quite radical and different, but when you go inside it is functional and has a great feel about it.
"The interior space is a welcoming and enjoyable place to be."
The building was partially inspired by the rock formations along the Wellington coastline, as well as the area's landforms.
Registered Master Builders Federation chief executive Warwick Quinn said despite a harsh climate in the building industry, the competition had remained strong.
"Irrespective of the extreme circumstances the industry is facing at present, this competition once again proves that Registered Master Builders continue to deliver quality products in residential and commercial markets," Mr Quinn said.
Other winners in the Wellington region included a new house in Porirua and an extensive renovation in Lower Hutt.
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