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Two Wellington landmarks win design awards

The north Kumutoto public space on the waterfront and the He Tohu Document Centre in the National Library were recognised for their design and construction at the NZ Timber Design Awards this week. The Kumutoto project also won a gold pin at the NZ Best Design Awards.

The He Tohu Document Centre within the National Library won the Resene Overall Supreme Award at the NZ Timber Design Awards for Studio Pacific Architecture. It also won the Niagara Timber Products’ Interior Innovation category.

“This is the perfect vessel to display the founding documents of Aotearoa,” said the judges. “Highly developed manufacturing technologies are woven together with traditional timber materials, showcasing how timber can deliver technological, social and cultural value in a beautiful way.”

The Exterior Innovation and Infrastructure category was won by Isthmus Group Ltd for the timber pavilion and boardwalk that feature in the north Kumutoto project.

The 6000 square-metre public space between the Meridian building and the Bluebridge ferry terminal, centred on the Waterloo Quay and Whitmore Street intersection, features a new timber boardwalk, better sea access, planting to attract wildlife, a pavilion and seating areas, covered walkways and new art installations.

The $7 million project, taking its name from the Kumutoto Stream which enters the harbour at this point, is scheduled for completion at the end of October.

Entrants at the Timber Awards competed within ten categories covering everything from residential and commercial architectural excellence to engineering innovation, multi-storey construction and student innovation. Structural performance and aesthetic excellence were highlighted across all categories.

The design of the north Kumutoto space has also been recognised, with a gold pin, at the Designers Institute of NZ Best Design Awards in the Public & Institutional Spaces category for the pavilion and boardwalk.

Mayor Justin Lester says the awards are a fantastic result for Isthmus but also for the contractor, Peryer Construction, the wider consultant team and City Council staff who have all been involved in the north Kumutoto project.

“I urge Wellingtonians to get down on the waterfront to take a look at north Kumutoto – the design and detailing of the boardwalk and pavilion is outstanding and something we should all be proud of.”