Two Christchurch schools featured in this year’s New Zealand Architecture Awards, announced this weekend at a celebratory dinner at Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington.

Inner-city Christchurch school Cathedral Grammar Junior School featured with its new classroom block by Andrew Barrie Lab and Japan’s Tezuka Architects. The awards jury felt the building provides “a lovely, humane learning environment that captures the joy of childhood”.

St Andrew’s College also featured with its Centennial Chapel – Te Kāretio Hāto Ānaru Te Kotahi Rau Tau o te Whare Karakia. The chapel is the result of a design competition, won by Architectus, to replace a much-loved chapel damaged in the 2011 Christchurch earthquake.

EDUCATION – Cathedral Grammar Junior School

The awards jury said the new chapel, which incorporates many elements salvaged from its predecessor, is “materially exquisite and spatially sophisticated”.

“It establishes layers of connections – to the history of the College and its post-earthquake recovery, and to the Christchurch neo-Gothic tradition.”

The New Zealand Architecture Awards is a peer-reviewed programme run by the NZIA with the support of Resene.

This year’s awards jury, which was led by Auckland architect Richard Goldie and included Wellington architect John Melhuish, Dunedin architect Andrea Bell and Melbourne architect Amy Muir, visited 53 shortlisted buildings on a nationwide tour in August.

Banner: PUBLIC – St Andrew’s College Centennial Chapel

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