New Zealand Gets Opportunity to Showcase Wooden Construction in International Forum

Open Buildings (see www.openbuildings.com) and World Architecture Festival (see www.worldarchitecturefestival.com ), a website celebrating interesting and innovative buildings across the word, have joined together to create the World of Architecture Festival. This is the world's largest live, truly inclusive and interactive global architectural awards programme.

As a unique meeting point for architects, suppliers and clients, the programme has attracted hundreds of entries and visitors from all over the world. In amongst the 700+ entries from 59 countries we have two top New Zealand iconic timber buildings; they have both been shortlisted in their categories. Both these entries showcase the aesthetic beauty of wood in construction which complements the very positive environmental credentials of wood [low imbedded energy, carbon, high insulating and noise attenuation qualities and eco-services of forests].

  1. The Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT)'s new Arts and Media Building has not only wowed the local community – it's attracting international attention as a world leading landmark structure. It's the world's first multi-storey wooden building using pre-stressed timber as the structural building material, and its new generation earthquake resistant technology is turning heads. Click here for details
  2. The architecture of the new Waitomo Visitor's Centre emphasises the connection with the Waitomo stream and the flows of water running through the caves. The woven timber and ETFE gridshell canopy spans both the entrance and exit paths to the historic Gloworm Caves. The canopy gridshell is aligned with the curve of the Waitomo stream. It reinforces the generating idea for this project of the canopy in combination with the caves, creates a positive and a negative - a simple lightweight 'sky shell' to counterpoint the subterranean cave space that is dissolved and moulded out of the ground. Click here for details

We have the opportunity to support these buildings by voting in the People's choice awards. Register on the site, and then just follow the links below or use the search box. Please note that voting closes on October 28th. The top three projects will then be shortlisted to go to the event and present their projects to a live audience. We need your help, please pass this email onto your friends and colleagues and let's put these New Zealand timber buildings on the map.