AAA Site Visits, Events & Competitions

September 27, 2012

2012 National Architecture Awards Tour

We had to reschedule the AAA 2012 National Architecture Awards Tour. The tour is now scheduled for Saturday 27 October starting at 10.30AM.

The Auckland Architecture Association invites you to step inside and tour four of the 2012 NZIA National Award Winners. A rare peek at some of Auckland’s best architecture with insight from the architects who designed them.

With support from

Saturday the 27th of October from 10.30am
Tickets $50. Students $40.
Places are limited.

Transportation between destinations is over to the participants. We would recommend traveling in groups by car. Suggested travel times between destinations has been noted within the timetable below. A hand out with building details and locations will be provided at the first destination.

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St Thomas Chapel in St Matthew-in the-City by Salmond Reed Architects

“This jewel-like box, with its highlights of lit onyx, honours and respects the existing architecture of St Matthew-in-the-City while asserting its own merits. The chapel, with its carefully considered steel details – including bespoke door handles – married to the existing structure, exhibits a quiet confidence. It is delicately and thoughtfully sited in the historic church.”  NZIA Jury Citation

Meet at the main entry to  St Thomas’s Chapel in St Matthew-in the-City off Hobson St.
10min introduction by Peter Reed of Salmond Reed.
10min tour by Peter Reed of Salmond Reed.

NZIA Photo Gallery
allow 20min for transit
(allowance sufficient for walking to the Art Gallery from St Thomas Chapel)

Auckland Art Gallery by FJMT + Archimedia

“Rich metaphor has allowed for an openness of interpretation in this excellent design for the extension to the existing Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. A beautifully layered collection of spaces punctuated by deeply recessed thresholds gives variety and interest from the foyer throughout. The successful creation of physical, visual and notional connections through the building from the city streets to Albert Park encourages passers-by to enter the building and experience the outstanding art collection within.”  NZIA Jury Citation

Meet at forecourt outside of the main entry.
10min introduction by Lindsay Mackie of Archimedia
30min guided tour by Lindsay Mackie of Archimedia

NZIA Photo Gallery
allow 30min for transit


“A crisp and contemporary commercial exterior utilising black fritted glass and folded geometry generates a dynamic presence in a tough urban area. The spectacular roof terrace provides access to a series of desirable split-level tenancies which are afforded panoramic Auckland views and abundant natural light.”  NZIA Jury Citation

Meet at the carpark entrance off George Street.
10min introduction by Andrew Patterson of Patterson Associates.
20min guided tour by Andrew Patterson of Patterson Associates.

NZIA Photo Gallery
 allow 1hr for transit

Pohutukawa House

“This bach is nestled exquisitely under and around a dense pohutukawa grove near the beach. The architecture takes inspiration and form from the trees, yet is self-assured and confident within such a rich environment. Beautifully detailed, using the finest materials, this is an open and relaxed pavilion that encourages its inhabitants to dwell luxuriously beneath the canopy.”  NZIA Jury Citation

Meet at 163 Marine Parade North, Piha.
1:50pm gathering, 2:10pm start.
10min introduction by Lance and Nicky Herbst of Herbst Architects.
20min guided tour by Lance and Nicky Herbst of Herbst Architects.

NZIA Photo Gallery


  1. Gaynor Eade

    Can you please clarify if the tour is on Saturday 27 October – the email you sent yesterday says Sunday 27 October so am assuming it is the saturday, as sunday is 28th

  2. AAA

    Yes, Correct
    Saturday 27 October starting at 10.30AM
    There is a typo in the Members Invite

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