Len Lye Centre a Finalist for International Architecture Award

07 July 2016

New Plymouth’s Len Lye Centre is a finalist in the prestigious World Architecture Festival Awards.

The awards celebrate global architectural excellence and are judged by international panels of architects and critics who are experts in their fields.

The Len Lye Centre, designed by Patterson Associates, is a finalist in WAF’s Culture category.

All category winners will compete for the title of World Building of the Year.

“This festival is the big league of international architecture and it’s fantastic that the Len Lye Centre has been recognised as being right up there with the best,” says the Centre’s director Simon Rees.

“We know that the building wows visitors, and now it gets the chance to wow world-leading architects and critics.”

The Len Lye Centre is among nine buildings and one landscape in New Zealand to be named as category finalists. In the Culture Category, the centre is up against 17 other buildings in Singapore, Australia, Japan, Poland, China, Spain, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, USA and Italy.

“The competition is very strong but just being a finalist will give the Len Lye Centre enormous publicity internationally,” says Mr Rees.

Category winners will be announced at the festival in Berlin, Germany on 16 and 17 November, with the World Building of the Year winner announced on 18 November.

More information is at worldarchitecturefestival.com.
•In June, Local Government New Zealand named the Len Lye Centre as a finalist in the Creative New Zealand Excellence Awards for Best Creative Place. The centre opened to the public on 25 July last year.