The Blyth wins 2015 NZIA New Zealand Architecture Medal
The Blyth Performing Arts Centre
We are honoured to have been awarded the 2015 New Zealand Architecture Medal for The Blyth Performing Arts Centre at the New Zealand Institute of Architecture Awards last Friday night. Congratulations to all involved in this special project.
Many thanks to the NZIA and the jury, their comments below:
“Architecture provides an exquisite home for some of the other arts in this beautifully planned and executed building at Iona College. Sited prominently near the school’s entry, The Blyth Performing Arts Centre offers an impressive welcome to the campus. Its graceful sculpted shape alludes to adjacent Te Mata Peak and suggests the sinuous shape of musical instruments; in the evening, it glows warmly against the dark. The building’s striking form and sensuous qualities declare its purpose and complement its function. Considerable amenity, including a 400-seat Concert Chamber and all necessary supporting spaces and services, is artfully integrated into the building. Technical as well as architectural issues have been resolved masterfully; importantly, acoustic performance has been incorporated seamlessly into the building, and natural light admitted to great effect. On this project, client and architect reached for the sublime – and they got there.”