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Auckland Art Gallery New Zealand - Building of the Year!

Auckland Art Gallery was awarded World Building of the Year at the prestigious World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Singapore.

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki was one of 12 buildings shortlisted in the Completed Buildings - Culture category, and one of seven New Zealand projects to make the 2013 shortlist. The nine-year building redevelopment, completed in 2011, was a joint project between Australian architecture firm Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT) and local studio Archimedia, and led by Auckland Art Gallery Director at the time, Chris Saines.

Auckland Art Gallery Director Rhana Devenport says, 'Since the expansion and restoration of its building, Auckland Art Gallery has attracted over a million people through its doors, a sure sign of embrace from Aucklanders, as well as from local and international visitors. Our new building is cherished not only by the design community, but by people from all cultures and walks of life.'

'We are truly honoured to have such a magnificent home for the most comprehensive collection of New Zealand art in the world, and look forward to attracting even more visitors to enjoy our exceptional and beautifully-crafted building and our dynamic programme.

Design Director FJMT Richard Francis-Jones, says 'It is a great honour to receive these significant international awards and a great acknowledgement of the special quality of the Auckland Art Gallery. Especially so as it is the building's embodiment of the unique qualities of place and culture that has been so widely applauded by the international juries.'

Archimedia Principal Lindsay Mackie attended the Festival and says, 'One of our early aspirations for the project was to achieve for the Gallery, for Auckland and for New Zealand a degree of international recognition that would elevate both the institution and the city as only modern global media can, without resorting to architectural sensation or departing from the truly local.'

Since the redevelopment, the Gallery has received 16 architectural and four design related awards, including the Jørn Utzon Award for International Architecture from the Australian Institute of Architects, New Zealand Architecture Medal from the New Zealand Institute of Architects and Royal Institute of British Architects International Award all in 2012.

Visitors to the Gallery enter between majestic kauri (native tree) columns to explore four floors of exhibitions, seven centuries of art and one of the country's most iconic buildings. Experience world-class touring exhibitions, immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and atmosphere of traditional and contemporary international works and discover the largest permanent collection of New Zealand art. Holyoake air distribution equipment was used exclusively throughout this awarding winning building.