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Design Windows Nelson won the 2017 Supreme Award for a state-of-the-art alteration to Nelson’s historical Suter Art Gallery

Entries now open for National Window Awards

Usually ‘see through’ and often going ‘unseen’, the Window Association of New Zealand (WANZ) wants to shine the spotlight on great windows and glass, with entries now open for the industry’s annual Window Awards.


WANZ chief executive Brett Francis says the awards are an important annual opportunity for both association members and their project partners to showcase their expertise and design brilliance.

“More than just another building component, windows and glass impact almost every aspect of how we use and enjoy our most important spaces,” he says. “The specialised efforts of our members, and those they work alongside, take pride of place in homes and buildings all over the country. And while the best work is often overlooked, or looked through, we want to be sure to recognise and celebrate their craftsmanship.”

Entries are open to all WANZ and GANZ (Glass Association of New Zealand) members, from designers to manufacturers, from makers of glass to the smallest window componentry. Categories span commercial and residential projects across 15 different awards, including those with a focus on design, glass, eco-performance and innovation, and even showrooms.

“The awards are an important opportunity for our members to demonstrate their varied skills and underscore why the best windows and glass come from our members,” says Mr Francis.

Inspiration for new projects

Both WANZ and GANZ encourage other industry players – architects, engineers, builders and homeowners – to put their projects forward via the association member they worked with. “No part of a building sits in isolation, and winning projects illustrate the consideration applied by experts from across the construction industry,” says Mr Francis.

“Winning case studies can provide great working examples to inspire new projects and clients, as well as show the breadth of what can be achieved through collaboration and innovation.”

Last year, Design Windows Nelson won the 2017 Supreme Award for a state-of-the-art alteration to Nelson’s historical Suter Art Gallery. The project was recognised for seamlessly integrating an uncompromisingly contemporary addition with a significant heritage building, with vast swathes of glass included across the new wing’s facade.

Design Windows Nelson branch manager Peter Walker says that it was an incredibly complex and difficult project, but he is immensely proud of his team’s work, and the end result. “As with any high-end architectural project, the manufacture and installation process had to be completed to extremely precise specifications, with a huge amount of customisation, not to mention the sensitivities around the installation on a Category II heritage building,” he says.

“Every so often I drive past it just to admire the level of detail. It’s one of my favourite projects I’ve worked on.”

About the awards

The Window Association of New Zealand Awards are open to projects with windows supplied within the last two calendar years, and cover both commercial residential projects. WANZ and GANZ members can download entry forms from the website. Entrants can also be nominated by email. Entries close Friday 30 April.


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