Wanaka Recreation Centre shortlisted for international design award

Wanaka Sports and Aquatic Facility WEB
May 10, 2019

Wanaka Recreation Centre has been recognised at the 2019 INDE.Awards that celebrate the Indo-Pacific region’s most progressive design and architecture.

The $12.3 million community facility, owned and operated by Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC), is the only New Zealand project shortlisted alongside seven others in the wellness space category, and one of only two buildings in the whole of Aotearoa among a total of 126 projects selected across 13 categories from 14 countries.

Thunes Cloete, QLDC general manager community services, welcomed recognition by the awards jury as a reflection of the Council’s commitment to providing high-quality, fit-for-purpose community facilities.

“Sport and recreation hubs like Wanaka Recreation Centre play a key role in strengthening social connections across the district and improving the wellbeing of our community. Good design ensures that these facilities provide a welcoming, inclusive space that incorporates the latest architectural thinking in tune with the local environment,” said Dr Cloete.

“This latest recognition is a testament to all our project partners, especially architects Warren and Mahoney for designing a multi-use centre that creates a sense of belonging and encourages participation, and also to the Upper Clutha community who visit in increasing numbers to swim, keep active and enjoy the space.”

Wanaka Recreation Centre opened in July 2016 with a two-court indoor stadium, outdoor turf, changing rooms, meeting/admin rooms and reception area. The adjoining three-pool aquatic facility was completed in June last year.

A modular approach to the building’s design provides opportunities to extend the facility as demand grows. Public engagement on a joint masterplan for both Wanaka Recreation Centre and Queenstown Events Centre will take place later this year enabling local clubs, groups and the wider community to help shape the future development of council-managed sport and recreation facilities in the district.

The 2019 INDE.Awards will be held in Melbourne on 21 June. More information is available on the awards website.


Image credit – Sarah Rowlands/Simon Larkin.

For further information please contact the QLDC Communications team via communications@qldc.govt.nz or call 03 441 1802.