WorkPOP: Studio for an Artist



Article: Hawke’s Bay Today April 19, 2012

“A simple and singular strategy, and within that a series of good decisions intelligently implemented, has produced an ideal space in which to paint and draw. Defining a boundary to the street, the portal-framed building steps down the sloping contour of the site to produce three spacious platforms, bathed in natural light from south-facing skylights which echo the roof forms of the neighbouring cottage. Large sliding windows frame views into the garden from which, as evidenced by the works occupying the generous wallspace, the artist draws considerable inspiration. The studio is a delightful realisation of the art of architecture”.

2012NZIA New Zealand Architecture Award Jury Statement

From the NZIA Awards Press Release:

“Proving that design quality is not governed by the size of buildings or type of work, winners in the country’s leading architectural awards programme ranged from the Auckland Art Gallery to a Napier artist’s studio…”

“The standard of public and commercial projects was very high,” says Hugh Tennent, the convenor of the New Zealand Institute of Architects awards jury. “The Awards show that, despite the financial constraints we’re all facing, public bodies and private developers are commissioning high-quality buildings.”

“The strength of architectural responses to powerful or sensitive settings was another theme of the Awards, and one which, [Convenor] Tennent says, offers a positive message to a nation often suspicious about the place of buildings in the landscape”.



Category: Small Project Architecture

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©Ashley Cox 2011