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Cancer Support Centre Wins Timber Design Award

Media Release

28 October 2009

New Plymouth architects Boon Goldsmith Bhaskar Brebner have scooped the popular People’s Choice Award at the 2009 Timber Design Awards in Auckland.

Architect Mularli Bhaskar’s brief for the new TSB Cancer Centre was to design a “happy building” to help alleviate some of the trauma experienced by its users. “The use of colour, vinyl, innovative graphics/signage and carefully chosen materials has enabled us to achieve a environmentally sustainable design solution which the clients and community have embraced with open arms,” he said.

The centre’s purpose and design tugged the heartstrings, netting more votes than any other entry in the lead up to the awards. Overall, the People’s Choice Award attracted over 700 online votes. Announcing the award, Geoff Henley of sponsor NZ Wood said: “A particular design sometimes attracts a strong emotional response from people; this is one of those times.”

The Timber Design Awards recognise and encourage excellence in building design, engineering and construction using New Zealand timber. They are sponsored by NZ Wood in association with Carter Holt Harvey Wood Products, The Timber Design Society and McIntosh Timber Laminates.

The 2009 category winners were:
Sustainability Award
* Winner: Writer’s Residence, Art +Architecture Ltd, Paul Kerr-Hislop
* Highly commended: Little Earth Montessori Preschool, Don Jamieson Architecture Ltd, Lars Stannard

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Outdoor Infrastructure Award
* Winner: The Yellow Treehouse Restaurant, Pacific Environments Architects
* Highly commended: Oriental Bay Urban Design, Architecture Workshop
Cladding Building Envelope
* Winner: Leigh Marine Centre Bunkhouse, Goat Island, Cheshire Architects: Pip Cheshire, Andrew Barrie, Sean Flanagan, Nat Cheshire, DJ Tai, Brett Todd
* Highly commended: House at Rotokauri, Antanas Procuta Architects Ltd

Interior Fit Out
* Winner: NZI Centre, Jasmax: Antonia Walmsley, Valentina Machina, Stephanie Nathan, Nick Moyes
* Highly commended: Owhanake Bay House, Strachan Group Architects (SGA), Dave Strachan Architect

Residential Architectural Excellence
* Winner: Great Barrier Island House, Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects Auckland Ltd, Paul Clarke
* Highly commended: Thorne Bay House, Pete Bossley Architects

Residential Engineering Excellence
* Winner: Kapiti Coast House, Tetrad Design Group Ltd
Highly commended: Box Living – House at Domain Crescent, Box Living: Tim Dorrington, Dan
Heyworth, Nat Holloway, Nat Jakich

Commercial Architectural Excellence
*Winner: Saxton Stadium, Aurecon, Arrow International and Sheppard & Rout

Commercial Engineering Excellence
* Winner: Diocesan School for Girls Aquatic Centre, McIldowie Partners in association with Upton Architects Ltd and Structure Design Ltd
*Highly commended: Nelson Pine Factory – LVL Box Beams, Robin Frengley Consulting Engineer Ltd

*Details of all the winning entries can be viewed at http://


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