Opus Architecture wins NZIA New Zealand Architecture Medal 2009
Opus Architecture has been named the inaugural winner of the New Zealand Architecture Medal, the country's highest architecture accolade announced at the annual New Zealand Architecture Awards Gala Dinner on 22 May 2009.
The award winning project is considered New Zealand's first purpose built special needs school designed to provide care and education for about 60 pupils with physical and mental disabilities.
The citation reads: "A building which seeks to meet the needs of our most vulnerable children deserves the best possible architecture. The Wilson School... is a sophisticated assembly of timber clad boxes set among the mature trees of its well established site... Recessed openings and tinted glazing ensure privacy while providing the occupants with views of the garden, the chapel and the city beyond.
An unwavering focus on the wellbeing of the pupils and staff and a genuine spirit of collaboration have allowed architect and client to create an extraordinary building, full of hope. It makes for architecture at its finest."