Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) New Zealand Architecture Award for Abodo Showcase, Cardrona

Assembly Architects were thrilled to be awarded a Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects New Zealand Architecture Award for Small Project Architecture for the Abodo Showcase in Cardrona. The awards recognise the very best of New Zealand architecture in the programme year. The award was announced at an awards ceremony at the Christchurch Town Hall, but was received by the team in person at a satellite event at Amisfield, Queenstown.

Joining the Assembly team on stage at Amisfield was Daniel Gudsell, Abodo Founder, builders Bryce Dunlop and Brian Muir of Dunlop Builders, and Fearghal McGuinness of Sullivan Hall Structural Engineers. Architect Justin Wright acknowledged the work of the team, especially Marcus Kirk, and went on to comment on the vital importance of carbon reduction and how using the NZ produced timber resource from Abodo assists that.

Abodo Founder Daniel Gudsell reinforced these statements. “No longer can we use slow grown, imported timbers to build premium homes and structures. This building is a showcase of what can be achieved when we think differently – it is designed to inspire others”

The jury citation, read out at the event and published in an awards book presented on the night, read:

Despite all the signifiers of a house, this showroom for a timber structural and cladding supplier is instead a beautifully crafted display box of the best qualities of its product. Precision and control are demonstrated across the fully clad timber exterior screen, as well as the expressed internal structural framing. The building itself confirms the promise that this timber product is strong and will not warp, and in doing so fulfils its intention as a showcase for the manufacturer. Experimentation with the various products extends through the fitout and floorings, creating an overall effect of a precise and elegant container, inside and out. When is a house not a house? When it is a showroom.

Following on from recent wins in the Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects Southern Architecture Awards and the Interior Awards, Dan also commented “We didn’t build the Cardrona Cabin to win awards – although they have been gratefully received. We built the cabin to showcase New Zealand’s finest product design, architectural design and craftsmanship”.