New Zealand Commercial Design Trends Series NZ Commercial Design Trends Vol. 30/6 - Page 88

PROPERTY COUNCIL NZ RIDER LEVETT BUCKNALL AWARDS 2014 HOLMES CONSULTING GROUP TOURISM & LEISURE PROPERTY AWARD EXCELLENCE AWARD AIR FORCE MUSEUM OF NEW ZEALAND, CHRISTCHURCH – BEST IN CATEGORY PROPERTY COUNCIL NEW ZEALAND RIDER LEVETT BUCKNALL Property Industry Awards 2013 The Air Force Museum of New Zealand holds the national collection of the Royal New Zealand Air Force. The new Technology Centre brings fresh meaning to the history of conflict through new forms of exhibition and communication, and through greater involvement in the lives of those who died serving their country. The new extensions provide a flexible, free-span space for the inevitably changing needs of exhibitions. The building has an aviation-oriented character with a hangar-like truss structure, simple rectangular form and cantilevered glazed portal. The approach facade of the new exhibition space is fully glazed to allow a view of the aircraft inside. This gesture of openness is a deliberate means of engaging the visitor in the experience during the process of arrival, creating a sense of excitement on approach to the main entry. Judges’ Comments This is a highly successful design-build project; and a significant addition to a major national heritage and tourism institution. MERITS Carlton, Christchurch • Muriwai Surf Lifesaving Club, Auckland 86 search | save | share at OWNER AND DEVELOPER RNZAF Museum Trust Board ARCHITECT AND PROJECT MANAGER Warren and Mahoney Architects STRUCTURAL ENGINEER Alan Reay Consultants SERVICES AND MECHANICAL ENGINEER Beca QUANTITY SURVEYOR Rawlinson CONSTRUCTION COMPANY Mainzeal Property and Construction