NEW ZEALAND COMMERCIAL PROJECT AWARDS
First Principles Architects were the proud recipients of 3 awards at the 2017 New Zealand Commerical Project Awards ceremony in Auckland.
The new administration building for Mangatawa Papamoa Blocks Incorporation takes its inspiration from a local legend – a baby whale and its parents became stranded in Tauranga harbour, and were turned to stone after drinking from a magic spring, and formed local hills. This legend drove a design in the shape of a whale tail, with a tall sweeping wall of glass facing the spectacular view across the Bay of Plenty. The project took the legend to heart, never allowing practical considerations to water down the concept. The result is a striking building which is a great source of pride to the community it serves.
Winner: Mangatawa Tari - Commercial Architecture Special Award Winner