Architect Alistair Madill has won the 2020 NZIA Southern Architecture Award in the Commercial category for his work on the Wanaka Watersports Facility.
The judges said the exterior's "richly textured and contoured facade belied the tough, functional requirements" of the facility, and congratulated the architect on the design's "sensitivity and generosity of spirit", which they said had won over many sceptics.
"The building demonstrates the value to the community of architecture that provides valuable social amenity and enhances the life of the town."
It was also noted that the project was under intense scrutiny, including three public hearings, during the years from initial design in 2013 through to completion in late 2019.
Well done Alistair! The Trustees are so proud of the building, and thank you for your unstinting efforts.