ABL SSA award winners

Success for Puzzling World's latest offering

The team who recently built Puzzling World’s Sculptillusion Gallery have cause for celebration after claiming three titles in the annual New Zealand Commercial Building Awards for their work on the project.

Amalgamated Builders (ABL) collected a Gold Award (and category winner) in the Placemakers Tourism and Leisure Project category and also took out the top prize in the Under $2 million section.

The SculptIllusion Gallery marked Puzzling World’s biggest launch in over a decade – their fifth, and at 530M2, by far the largest Illusion Room.

Themed around an illusionary sculpture garden, the Gallery invites visitors to wander around the various larger-than-life exhibits that showcase visual trickery at its best.

Featuring over 20 large sculptures, artworks and displays the building itself offers illusionary aspects within its design. From Living Walls, wave ceilings, stone carpet and hanging waterfalls the visitor is met with stunning ideas that, when coupled with building over one of the coldest winters on record, made the project a complex undertaking for all concerned.

Even the new toilet block has been given an illusionary treatment with amazing floor murals to send the user into a rubiks cube or jigsaw-themed abyss!

Amalgamated Builders quantity surveyor for the project, Brett Squire, said he and the team were “incredibly proud” to win category awards for the second year running. “This personally ranks as one of my favourite projects in my eight years with the company,” said Mr Squire.

Heidi Landsborough and Duncan Spear – daughter and son-in-law respectively of Puzzling World pioneers Stuart and Jan Landsborough – said they were “thrilled” that ABL had won the award.“They truly deserve this. We are incredibly proud of the project and couldn’t be happier to have the ABL team on board to make it such a success.
“This addition is the final major addition to the family’s legacy of providing amusement and puzzlement to Wanaka and the thousands of tourists that visit each year,” she said.

The bumper crowds that have followed this extension have also enjoyed many new developments and upgrades both inside and outside of late and with many more projects planned, including a total re-surfacing of the iconic Great Maze in June the business that prides itself on continually evolving certainly won’t disappoint!