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New Zealand gallery bags World Building of the Year Award

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki by Sydney-based Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp has won the coveted World Building of the Year Award at the 2013 World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Singapore

FMJT’s elegant extension scheme to the gallery in New Zealand’s largest city had earlier bagged the Culture Category and was described by the WAF judges as giving the building ‘a new architectural identity’.

The winning building’s defining feature is a series of fine ‘tree-like’ canopies that according to the WAF website ‘…cover the entry forecourt, atrium and gallery areas’.

‘These light, profiled forms are inspired by the adjacent canopy of pohutukawa trees and ‘hover’ over the stone walls and terraces that reinterpret the natural topography of the site,’ said the WAF site.

The announcement is the culmination of three days of festivities, judging, awards and seminars that have been attended by more than 2,000 people.

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