Best Award wins 2019

Jasmax's projects were shortlisted across five categories and took home seven awards at this year's Best Awards.

Education projects had a strong showing with AUT’s new Ngā Wai Hono Building winning Silver in two Best Awards categories - Built Environment and Public and Institutional Spaces. The University of Canterbury’s new Ernest Rutherford Building as part of the Rutherford Regional Science and Innovation Centre also won Bronze in the same categories.

Ngā Wai Hono, home to the AUT City Campus’ School of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences, was officially opened in August last year. The building’s future-ready approach to learning has already been recognised, with the project winning an NZIA Local Award earlier this year.

The Ernest Rutherford Building reflects the University of Canterbury’s innovative approach to science and research. The 20,000sqm showcase building brings a new heart and culturally defined identity to the centre of the University following the earthquakes.

B:Hive won Silver in the Office and Workplace Environment category. The project has already won a host of accolades this year, including the Supreme Award at the 2019 Interior Awards as well as being shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival's sister event, Inside World of Interiors. This project was delivered by BVN and Jasmax in association.

Art was also celebrated with ‘Soapbox’, a public sculpture designed by a team of women architects and designers in collaboration with Jasmax, winning Bronze in the Exhibition and Temporary Structures category. The striking architectural sculpture was commissioned by Auckland Council to celebrate women’s suffrage in New Zealand. The sculpture was unveiled on the shores of Lake Pupukemoana (Pupuke) in Killarney Park, Takapuna in May this year.

Student design work was also praised, with Graduate Interior Designer Sophia Cameron winning Bronze in the Student Product category for her sustainable design project, A Circular Citywhich investigates how a 3D-printing system could upcycle our plastic waste.