The announcements, made at an award ceremony in Auckland, saw Altherm manufacturers win two residential awards, a commercial award and the WANZ Eco award. Altherm and other brands owned by window systems company, APL (Architectural Profiles Ltd), won six out of the seven prizes in the competition.
Altherm’s design windows Central Otago, won the "Residential under $15,000" category for a house in Albert Town, and the "Commercial under $100,000" category for the new Alexandra Community House. Another Altherm outlet, Aluminium Taranaki Ltd, also picked up two awards, the "Residential $15,000-50,000" category for a New Plymouth house and the WANZ Eco award for light wells installed at the Powerco office, in New Plymouth.
The Powerco job, designed by Boon Goldsmith Bhaskar Brebner Team Architects, received special mention from the awards judge who called the project a “bolter,” which grabbed his attention.
"The intention to ventilate an office space naturally by creating three holes in the roof and dropping three glazed light-wells right down to the floor, framing the void minimally and creating stack effect ventilation by means of the glass shafts filled with growing bamboo and dropping rain, took the designer’s innovation into the realms of "biospheric" architecture."