Studio Pacific wins at 2022 Best Design Awards

Incredibly delighted to share that Studio Pacific received five awards at the 2022 Best Design Awards last Friday night in Tāmaki Makaurau.

The awards showcased an excellent year of design work drawn from multiple design disciplines and from across the nation and overseas. A massive congratulations to our clients, collaborators, contractors and project teams! 


Brandon House won gold in the Built Environment category.

Judge's comments:

An incredible transformation of an outdated 1960's office building. This project turns the technical challenge of a seismic upgrade into an outstanding piece of architecture that makes a stunning mark on this city corner. 
An exemplar project for low carbon building this project retains and relives an existing structure with additional levels in mass timber. Masters Research with Victoria University Wellington (VUW) was undertaken to verify the outcomes in comparison with a low carbon new build.
Good bones! The team, including the client, is being congratulated for taking on the challenge of renovation rather than starting again. They have done it really well. Importantly, they have charted their journey so that those following can learn and grew the industry knowledge to make adaptive reuse the norm.

Project TeamRJH 149 Featherston Limited, Harrison Grierson, Dunning Thornton Consultants, e-Cubed, Mott MacDonald, RLB, Earcon, Urban Perspectives, Spencer Holmes, Stantec


Refectory Building won gold in the Public and Institutional Spaces.

Judge's comments:

Despite a complex seismic and heritage brief, this refurbishment has resulted in a stunning and elegant solution that balances the original building bones with a contemporary facelift. It is evident that this project was highly technical and required a great degree of care and craft in its execution. 
A really delightful and thoughtful renovation. Hiding much of the work to ensure the original building remained is a difficult task. It has been a triumph. The insertions are calm and understated giving the building an update to ensure its heritage evolves.
With skill, innovation and restraint this refurbishment reveals Lippincott’s classic interpretation of the Spanish Mission style in both the exterior and interior of the building. The original grandeur of the refectory hall is restored, and the building reinstated as the historical heart of the campus.

Project Team: LT McGuinness, Chris Cochran, Aurecon, GHD, Charles Consulting Limited, Acoustic Engineering Services Limited


30 Madden won gold in the Residential Architecture category.

Judge's comments:

This building takes its responsibility to the emerging neighbourhood seriously. Too often large apartment buildings occupy an entire urban block but present only one front door to the neighbourhood. This building seeks to shape the emerging community. 
An inner city development that celebrates its site and offers a sense of generosity both to its occupants and back to the city. Sustainable practices have been carefully considered and multiple strategies have been employed to minimise its impact on the environment. 
Vibrant and diverse this layered development demonstrates a successful way forward for high density urban living in Aotearoa.

Project Team: Dunning Thornton, Mott MacDonald, Holmes Fire, Marshall Day, Protech, BECA, E-Cubed, TPC, Mott MacDonald, Panuku & Mana Whenua group, LT McGuinness


Two/fiftysevena Spacelamp entry with Studio Pacific contributing architectural expertise, won gold in both the Repurposed Spaces and Offices and Workplace environments categories. two/fiftyseven is the first accredited climate-positive co-working space in the country. We also wish to congratulate Ash Holwell, the founder of Two/fiftyseven, who also won gold in the Emerging Designer category. 

Judge's comments:

An impressive project that pushes the boundaries of architecture and design into social and cultural good. The result is highly playful, innovative and commendably light touch on the environment. This is a project that has and will create benefits and learnings beyond its own footprint. 
This project achieves a lot with a little - and celebrates an impressive target with being able to salvage 80% of all existing materials. It sets a creative benchmark for what the industry can achieve to minimise waste and deliver on innovation and sustainability outcomes - showing us all that it can be done.

Project Team: two/fiftyseven, spacelamp, Studio Pacific, Designtree, X-Frame, CoLiberate


Congratulations to all the other finalists and winners on the night! You can see a full list of winners here