"The Bishop Suter Art Gallery is the oldest continuously occupied public art gallery in New Zealand. This extensive reconstruction replaces all of the existing building, except for the theatre and the Grade 2 listed ‘Original Gallery’; which has been fully restored to reveal the original roof trusses and external fabric, and has been seismically strengthened and brought up to modern gallery standards.
The new spaces include: three new galleries, storage, workshop and office facilities and a new entrance foyer, education facilities, shop and café overlooking the adjacent Queens Gardens.
The new areas are designed as a contemporary counterpoint to the existing building, using glass, stone and zinc and the abstracted form of the Original Gallery to provide a sympathetic response to a much loved icon.
Particular care has been taken with the building edge alongside Queens Gardens, which feature a low-scaled, stepped edge with glazing to reflect surrounding trees and the historic Eel Pond. This edge serves as a backdrop to a new Sculpture Walkway, located amongst the trees".
2017 NZIA Local Awards:
Public Architecture Award
Heritage Architecture Award
People's Choice Award
Resene Colour Award
2017 Master Builders Awards:
Civic Gold Award
National Value Award Winner $5-$15 million
Civic National Category Winner