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.
TriWanaka Swim Run Series - Friday Nights at the new Watersports Facility from 5pm. Come join in the fun. Just 2 weeks left 21st and 28th Feb....
Wanaka Rowing Club took on a huge beach clean up recently outside the new Wanaka Watersports Facility . Approximately 40 members of the club took to the beach, removing all of the driftwood, old dead lupins and broken branches.
Members of the public are now able to enjoy the whole beachfront area and enjoy the views from the building's front deck area.
TriWanaka is running a series of Swim/Run events over the summer. The first two dates in December had to be cancelled due to lake flooding, but with the recent hot weather the lake is starting to warm up. If you're interested in taking part , go to the TriWanaka website https://triwanaka.co.nz/swim-run-series/
The rowing club has finally moved in . Not all of the boats are here yet as they only have some temporary racking but more to follow.
Breen Construction has been working on the intricate cedar cladding, which has been designed to give a basket-weave effect on the large expanses of the south and north walls.