2010 winners announced in AAA Cavalier Bremworth Design Awards

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15 May 2016
"The Path to Dwell on", Mike Hartley and Nick Sayes from Daniel Marshall Architects

Mike Hartley and Nick Sayes from Daniel Marshall Architects have won the Open Section of the annual Auckland Architecture Association Cavalier Bremworth Design Awards, picking up $5000 and a trophy for their efforts. The awards recognise the best in unbuilt architecture and received a record number of entries in this, their 19th year.

With an entry called “The Path to Dwell on”, Hartley and Sayes created a playful and thoughtful solution that sought to organise a pathway among various functional amenities on a Waiheke property. Digital modelling of the site’s topography, and the existing intuitively-created pathways, allowed them to find the ‘path of least resistance’. Using takeaway coffee cups as the formwork to prepare concrete ‘cobbles’ the pair estimates it will take some 11,000 caffeine fixes to create 50m² of concrete pathways.

Winner of the student section Yumian (Dino) Chai impressed judges with his design for the Sir Keith Park Aviation Museum at MOTAT. An intricate model demonstrated a very organic structure with a strong ground linkage for the three simple components, achieving a complex geometry. A $3000 prize and trophy was awarded.

Highly Commended trophies were awarded to two student entries. Yosop Ryoo won for an entry called “Being in Painful Circumstances’ based on the notion of a meeting house on the border between dislocated families between North and South Korea. The large and detailed submission captivated all who viewed it.

Huirui Wang and Ruoyu Wang were joint winners of the second Highly Commended award. Their entry – Red Line – was commended for their drawing technique to carry the idea of reactivating the history of Oakley Creek along a recreational pathway.

Commended awards were given to Simon Twose in the Open Section for ‘My Bro’s House, and to Matt Deeb in the Student Section for ‘Live and Work infill’.

This year’s judging panel included Rachel Neeson and Nick Murcutt from Neeson Murcutt in Sydney, Jon Craig, founding partner of Craig Craig Moller, and Richard Naish, founding partner of RTA Studio in Auckland.

The awards were held at the St Paul St Gallery in Auckland and attracted a good mix of professional architects and architecture students. The event was preceded by a lecture from judges Rachel Neeson and Nick Murcutt.

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