17 May 23

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre awarded for Public Architecture by New Zealand Institute of Architects

The New Zealand Institute of Architects’ Canterbury Architecture Awards were held last night, with 31 buildings taking home honours in nine categories.

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre designed by Woods Bagot in association with Warren and Mahoney received an award for public architecture, as a “remarkable achievement” that seamlessly integrates both large-scale design principles with a rich cultural narrative, the jury said.

The project team was commended for its “meticulous attention to detail, thorough planning and unwavering commitment to cultural respect”— a testament to their ability to create a functional centre that remains deeply rooted in place.

Woods Bagot principal and project leader Bruno Mendes said it was an honour to contribute to Christchurch’s rebuild through the creation of a restored cultural heart that authentically reflects both place and people.

“Te Pae was informed by Christchurch’s rich tapestry of unique geography, abundant culture, and shared history,” said Mendes. “This recognition confirms that Te Pae is public architecture that is truly of its place.”

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