The new Navy Museum at Torpedo Bay has received an award as part of the 2011 New Zealand Institute of Architects Auckland Architecture Awards.
From a total of 150 entries the Navy Museum project received its award in the Interior Architecture category, which was announced last night at the annual awards ceremony in the newly refurbished Auckland Art Gallery.
The awards jury, which included leading Auckland architects Gary Lawson and Tim Hay, praised the project saying………”a dark atmosphere permeates the small galleries devoted to a rich and deep part of New Zealand’s history, which is at last well presented. The rather solemn atmosphere is, in fact, perfect for what is a focussed, informative and detailed exhibition carefully narrated and displayed with a sense of craft and respect for the stories told” and noted that this project proves “that modest budgets are no barrier to good design.”
In receiving the award on behalf of the Navy Museum, its Board Chairman, Mr Brian Corban, praised the design team for achieving an extraordinary result on a very small budget, which had resulted in the new Museum increasing its visitor numbers in the year since opening from 20,000 per year to over 100,000 per year, and acknowledged the role of Museum Director Commander David Wright
The award is also recognition of the efforts of local Devonport museum professional Rose Evans, who led the development of the exhibitions in the new museum, as the Navy Museum’s Exhibition Project Manager. In 2009 Evans was awarded a prestigious Winston Churchill Fellowship, which allowed her visit and research contemporary developments in British and European museums, which she used to inform the development of the Navy Museum exhibitions. In August this year Rose was officially presented with her fellowship, by the Governor General Sir Anand Satyanand , as patron of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and in his last official role as Governor General.
Local Devonport architects Herriot + Melhuish : Architecture Ltd led the Navy Museum design team which included Devonport heritage Architect Dave Pearson, Opus International Consultants and Pearson and Associates Architects. This architecture award caps off a year of success for Herriot + Melhuish : Architecture Ltd having received one of NZ’s top architectural awards in association with Opus, by winning a 2011 NZIA New Zealand Award for the new Newmarket Railway Station