The He Tohu Document Room – He whakaapa kōrero, he whenua kura by Studio Pacific Architecture took home a whopping three awards this year, winning the Craftsmanship and Civic categories, as well as the Supreme Award. The room, located in the National Library in Wellington, houses New Zealand’s most influential documents. The design for this room of such gravity is striking, emotionally and physically.
This project was a standout from the start and received the highest scores, unanimously, in both the Civic and Craftsmanship categories. The judges highlighted the ripples carved in to the room’s façade and a strip of pounamu at the room’s entrance – both representing symbols of the nation’s history.
“On and on, the architectural and spatial gems continue throughout this interior, making He Tohu a very well-considered space that neutrally but emotively overlays two people’s histories as they meet in one place,” the jury commented.