Refectory receives a Western Architecture Award

Studio Pacific is delighted to announce that Massey University's Refectory Building received a 2022 Western Architecture Award in the Heritage category last Friday.

A massive congratulations to all 2022 Western Architecture Award winners and to our client, collaborators and our project team.


The judge's citation for Refectory Building reads: 

"The jewel in the crown of Massey University’s Palmerston North campus, this proud Roy Lippincott-designed 1930s refectory has been returned to its former glory, after a 1960s renovation divided the building. This restoration has been a long, challenging, and detailed undertaking for the architect, particularly with late formal changes and pandemic restrictions. Repair of finely wrought plasterwork and decorative features has been painstakingly undertaken, modern ancillary spaces have been created, and accessibility has been addressed with the addition of an adjacent new entrance building. Referencing an earlier addition, this light and airy annex’s vertical timber cladding is surprisingly successful externally. Exterior doors added to the main building are also a welcome addition, making this a careful restoration that will serve the university well for many years to come."