Enduring Architecture Award for Waiouru Officer’s Mess

May 17 2021

On 14 May, the New Zealand Institute of Architects presented the Waiouru Officer’s Mess with an Enduring Architecture Award for 2021. These awards recognise architecture that has stood the test of time. The Mess building was designed by Eddie Belchambers, of the architectural firm Belchambers Low and Associates for the Ministry of Works and Development on behalf of the then Department of Defence. The sketch plan was produced in 1974 and the building completed in 1985. 

The design philosophy stated, “Environmental and conservation factors were major elements in determining siting, structure and fabric of the building, while achieving status objectives without dominating the site or camp with the use of materials and finishes which relate to the environment, yet achieving long life and low maintenance.” The design philosophy still holds true to this day. It is a building that sits snuggly into the hill side with exceptional views of Mt Ruapehu. It is certainly a piece of architecture that offers those who stay there a positive experience that is out of the ordinary.

The images of the Waiouru officers mess taken by professional photographer Paul Marcroft, Trinity Arts for the occasion.

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