Architecture NZ September-October 2020

Architecture New Zealand is the journal for New Zealand’s architects. For over fifty years it has been at the centre of the profession – keeping architects informed, inspired and engaged with reviews of the latest projects, insightful commentary on key issues and critical discussion of practice matters.

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5 min

FOR ME, IT BEGAN WITH NEGOTIATING the way to wear a mask without my glasses fogging up. It took me a while to work out the best way of closing the gap at the top. There are lots of DIY tips – twist ties at the top seam, tape, a folded moistened tissue, a layer of nylon stocking for a snug fit. Blurred vision banished, the mask sparked a new attention to the spatial dimension of the Covid-19 virus. It began as a binary mask-on, mask-off grading of situations, then a questioning of what sorts of space can become infectious. In making masks mandatory on public transport at Level 2, the government has given architects a first answer: the tubes of buses, planes and trains. The case at the Rydges Hotel…

7 min
time for a planner-free zone

ON TWO OCCASIONS THIS WEEK, I have been reminded of the ways in which cities can become battlefields. Not like the misery of northern Syria, where every city block seems a smoking testimonial to the horrors of geopolitics, but those that pit citizens against the behemoth of city hall. It was the battle for community that two broadcasts evoked. The first was a television replay of Citizen Jane: Battle for the City and, the second, a New Yorker podcast interview by Colm Toibin on Robert Caro, author of the extraordinary, and weighty, Robert Moses biography, The Power Broker. New York City has seen a fair number of battles for block dominance. Some, like that operatic homage to ethnic tension in Hell’s Kitchen played out in West Side Story and the tense…

6 min
the disappearing plan and section

WE HAVE REACHED A TIME where student projects are sometimes submitted without plans or sections: something probably inconceivable only a decade ago. Unless such drawing types are specifically required (as they usually are by New Zealand architecture schools), plans and sections seem unnecessary to many students, who prioritise the ease of communication that 3D modelling and imaging provide. Plans and sections as a drawing type are becoming redundant, belonging to a static architectural language that is gradually having less relevance to students, whose thinking through the medium of digital models allows for a constantly moving, unfixed positioning around and through the architectural object. I need to close my eyes often when looking at projects on screens, in a feeble attempt to control the visual information as the architectural object rotates, zooms in…

1 min
construction commences on campus

Building has begun on the largest capital works project in The University of Waikato’s history, The Pā. A collaboration between Architectus, Jasmax, Design Tribe and Wraight + Associates, the $85-million, 6500m2 development at the university’s Hamilton campus brings together four projects under the one roof: the wharenui (meeting house), a central student hub, an executive leadership team wing, and the refurbished Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies. University of Waikato Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Quigley says the concept for The Pā is based on a greater emphasis on social learning and collaboration and less emphasis on large-format lectures. “In line with our vision of a collaborative, interactive and flexible learning environment, the construction of The Pā has been made even more important by the major changes in teaching and learning that are occurring both…

1 min
striking the right chords

It’s hard not to draw a comparison between the shimmering black-brick facade of Ockham Residential’s latest offering, Modal, in Mount Albert, and Manhattan’s distinctive Flatiron building. Where the latter has become a symbol of New York City, the former has undoubtedly made a mark on the city-fringe Auckland neighbourhood in which it is located. Opened on 30 July, the all-rental development offers 32 one- and two-bedroom apartments over four levels, at a minimum lease period of one year. Shared areas include a rooftop residents’ lounge and balcony, generous bicycle parking spaces and a music room at street level. Lead architect, Martin King, says the name Modal, and the seven vertical diamond patterns on the building’s façade, refer to the seven musical modes of the major scale in Western music. “Although each vertical…

1 min
a+w•nz dulux awards 2020 winners

Architecture+Women• NZ’s triennial awards programme recognises leadership, diversity and excellence across three categories, highlighting full bodies of work and community connection rather than single architectural projects. This year’s event, held online on 15 August, celebrated 15 architects, designers and practices from across Aotearoa. Congratulations to: Louise Wright, Wirihana Leadership Awardwinner (top); Jade Kake, Munro Diversity Awardwinner (centre); and Christina van Bohemen, Chrystall Excellence Award-winner (bottom).…