West Plaza “Enduring Award” 2005

Category: Enduring Architecture
NZIA Practice: Price Adams Dodd
Citation: This finely scaled building stands tall on its narrow site, as noble now as when first built in 1972. The elegant arrangement of fins describes an ever-changing pattern for passing observers, and displays a richly layered texture on the cityscape. It has an elegant parti of base, scupper and tower, which continues to be relevant in the urban context.

The strong and dynamic relationship between the tower and the street with the entry over ground floor retail has been somewhat compromised in later years, but in its contribution to the cityscape West Plaza remains a jewel to be treasured and an exemplar for future generations.