JULY 2020

Every year, Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) runs its widely respected peer-reviewed Local Architecture Awards program that showcases the immense design talent on display across the country.  25 winners have recently been selected from the Canterbury region, chosen by a panel of professionals headed by convenor Huia Reriti, joined by Wellington architect Anne Kelly, Christchurch architects Bernadette Muir and Daniel Sullivan and Christchurch architectural designer Tobin Smith.

With the range of winning designs including new homes, heritage restoration projects, large buildings and public spaces, it is stunning to see the variety of architectural creativity and quality on display amongst this year’s celebrated projects.

Tilleys is proud to have been involved with one of these prestigious award winning designs, manufacturing the intricately patterned perforated Aluminium panels that make up the striking façade of the University of Canterbury’s Electrical Link building.

The jury had this to say about the project:

University of Canterbury Electrical Link Building Re-clad

What at first glance seems to be a simple makeover of an existing structure is actually a beautifully orchestrated response to a multitude of inherent and problematic design issues. The architects of the Electrical Link Building Re-clad have approached the pragmatic design brief as an opportunity to re-imagine the building through the development of a crisp, white perforated mesh screen – pervious to light but impervious to avian interference – that envelops the existing structure. The sharp hexagonal geometry of the existing floor plate has been celebrated and enhanced to create a vertical beacon within a predominantly horizontal neighbourhood.

For a full list of winners, visit the NZIA webpage at:


Images sourced from: http://www.nzia.co.nz/awards/local/award-detail/8985

July 2020.