2018 Awards

Our judges for 2018 are:

Tony van RaatTony van Raat was for 15 years head of the architecture programme at Unitec. He has sat on the NZ Registered Architects Board, was Commissioner of the NZ entries to the Venice Architecture Biennales in 2014 and 2016 and is currently Chair of the Auckland Branch of the NZIA. FNZIA NZIA Auckland Branch Chair Past President AASA

Laurie Barker:  A multi-term past president and a life member of that Association with experience spanning decades Laurie has extensive experience with the manufacture, installation, performance, and standard compliance of window systems.

Joanne Duggan: Director of Marketing and Partnerships at New Zealand Green Building Council - the country’s leading not-for-profit for the sustainable built environment. As well as exemplary research, the NZGBC oversees Homestar and Green Star the award winning certifications for New Zealand homes and buildings.

Entries have closed for 2018.  The winners will be announced at our Gala Dinner on Friday 15th June 2018.

2017 Awards - Winners

WANZ Design Flair 2017 —Supreme Winner
Design Windows Nelson for the Suter Art Gallery


Citation: This was a project of considerable architectural and cultural significance and the additions to the Suter therefore required a sensitive and very careful approach to all aspects of the design, fabrication and installation.  The window suppliers were tasked by the architects with the provision of glazing of very different types and the work which resulted from this brief is of the highest standard, fully worthy of the building complex in which it is situated. Like some other entries in this year’s awards the project has the additional merits of being not only community based but also of integrating significant heritage elements with uncompromisingly new work.

Congratulations to Design Windows Nelson—also winners of the Commercial 100K + Design Flair category

Design Flair Awards—Commercial under 100K Winner:
Design Windows West Coast for Brophy Knight

Citation : This is a calm, elegant and uncompromisingly modern intervention into the existing mixed streetscape of a small provincial town. The glazing grid, which forms a significant component of the main façade, reinforces the somewhat painterly composition of the elevation in a way that links the stair and light fittings inside the building to the street.  This gives the building a controlled and understated appearance which is nevertheless inviting.

GANZ Best Use of Glass Winner:
Sauvarins First Glass Services for Chambers and Station Projec
Citation: A faultlessly executed project of great style and confidence which remains entirely true to the character of the heritage buildings being restored.  This is an exemplar project which immaculately restores and extends the life of very dignified civic buildings of the early 20th century.  Both the interiors and the exteriors are calm and poised and the glazing – which in style and appearance is faithful to the original intentions but now performs to 21st century standards – makes a significant and valuable contribution to the outcome.

GANZ Designing with Glass Winner:
Metro Performance Glass Christchurch for the Awly Building

Citation: A significant part of the post-earthquake rebuild, this project depends almost entirely on its façade design to contribute to the dramatic effect it has on the street.  Designed to meet stringent acoustic and shading criteria this work is characterised by a strong expression of texture and colour that make it immediately noticeable.  Clearly one of the more successful projects in the restoration of the city the Awly Building makes a great contribution to the new. Christchurch

GANZ Glass Innovation Winner:
Metro Performance Glass Wellington for Hutt City Council Administration Building

Citation: This project is an excellent piece of upgrading combined with heritage restoration work.  In the course of the work a previous façade is revealed and at the same time transformed by being wrapped in a bold new patterned curtain wall.  It is a delight to see glass used in such a clever juggling act that simultaneously respects the past while acknowledging the present

Window Manufacturer’s Showroom—Large Winner:
Kennedy Aluminium

Citation: A bold complex with everything a prospective client might want at hand, this showroom presents the industry as a whole very well.  Modern, bright and comprehensive it is a credit to its owners.

Window Manufacturer’s Showroom—Small Winner:
C E Aluminium

Citation: Small but perfectly formed, this is a pocket showroom that looks as if it would be a pleasure to use.  It’s pretty well as good as it gets at this scale

WANZ Eco Award Winner:
Metro Performance Glass Auckland for the Euroclass Head Office

Citation: Confronting some serious challenges in both acoustic and thermal design this building rises to the challenge with a complex and effective suite of design solutions.  The high performance façade has been proven in-use to meet the requirements of the demanding specification.  The building demonstrates something especially important for this particular client, how well good glazing design can overcome unusually difficult site conditions

Design Flair Awards Residential Joinery under $25K Winner:
Shearmac Aluminium for the Red Cottage

Citation: This was a charming project – small but exactly appropriate in all its qualities.  The window design is perfectly adapted to the character of the building and provides a model for alteration and addition work of a building from an earlier period.  The building as a whole, to which the window design makes a real contribution, could provide a model for small and affordable housing in New Zealand, a social problem of great importance

Design Flair Awards Residential Joinery $25—75K Winner:
Tasman Aluminium for the Jack House

Citation: This Award was given not for the size of the project – it is relatively modest – nor for its complexity but because of the way in which the glazing animates the spaces within and outside the building and forms a harmonious whole with all other aspects of the design.  The elegance of the frames makes the glazing system almost imperceptible and by its very invisibility contributes more to the house than it could have done by being more obvious. This is a case where less is certainly more.

Design Flair Awards Residential Joinery $75—175K Winner:
Design Windows Central for Domain Road House

Citation: This house has a sharp, modern feel while using recognisably traditional forms.  The overall effect therefore avoids unnecessary striving but retains a calm and controlled level of understanding of what is necessary – no more and no less.  The glazing in the house is perfectly well-adapted to this understanding and is faultlessly attuned to the overall concept

Design Flair Awards Residential Joinery over $175K Winner:
Whangarei Aluminium for Taiharuru Beach House

Citation: This house represents a very high level of architectural design quality and the glazing systems rise to meet the standard. The apparently effortless bringing together of diverse and complex elements conceals a great deal of care and attention to detail which is a necessary part of the success of the project.

Design Flair Awards
Judge’s Special Award — Illuminated Glass Winner:
Metro Performance Glass Palmerston North for Broadway Radiology/Aorangi Specialist Centre

Citation: This apparently straightforward addition to the top levels of the building provides the client with an opportunity to dramatically vary its appearance by multi-coloured illumination. The patterned glazing, attractive enough in normal daylight, becomes a transformative feature at night. The designers have leveraged this aspect of the glazing to great effect.

Design Flair Awards Component Innovation Winner:
Hardie Fasteners for Window Handle Repair Screw

Citation: A simple idea but a good one. It was probably about time someone looked at this common problem creatively. Replace a stripped out handle screw without even having to take the handle off!. The Window Handle Repair Screw is specially designed for this purpose.
304 Stainless Steel — #2 driver