Architecture NZ November-December 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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IN THIS TIME OF UNPRECEDENTED change amidst the Covid pandemic, not forgetting a transformational election result for Aotearoa, it’s not surprising that all manner of experts are making all manner of predictions about the future. See, for example, London starchitect Norman Foster’s musings to the United Nations Forum of Mayors in Geneva in mid-October when he predicted that sustainable buildings could become mainstream. Foster’s thesis is that architectural change moves in big arcs of history, where big events simply accelerate change that was always going to happen: e.g. the Great Fire of 1666 (building codes and fireproof brick) and the cholera epidemic of the mid-19th century (the birth of modern sanitation). Other architects see architectural change that was not already happening arising directly from Covid. Sergey Makhno predicts a dramatic transformation in home…

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keeping the queen clean

I WENT TO A CLAMBAKE THE other day: a gathering not far under a Covid-mandated maximum crowd size. We were gathered to talk about Queen Street. Despite it being billed as a co-design session, it seemed only Tony van Raat and I represented designers though, perhaps, there was a raft of related trades lurking in the crowd of property owners, users, residents of the valley and several bureaucrats from city hall. For those who have not ventured north for a while, the street is in pretty bad shape, bearing the impact of an increasing number of buses, evicted from their normal routes by the rail tunnel work on Albert Street. There is also a bewildering number of ad hoc additions, apparently to create room for masked pedestrians giving one another a…

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parallel education systems

IN FEBRUARY, MY PARTNER and I shared a taxi from Wellington airport to the New Zealand Festival of Arts Talanoa Mau venue with a young artist from Northland, where they were both presenting. The conversation was riveting – Te Kaurinui Parata (Ngātiwai, Ngāti Pūkenga) is young, only in his early 20s, but already a mature thinker and generous with his knowledge. The aspect of the conversation that disturbed me, though, was his description of making a choice between one system of learning and another; between his university studies at Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington and the whakapapa knowledge systems at home. Despite nearing completion, he had left his philosophy and political science university degree behind, instead opting to be a student of Mātauranga Māori. Te Kaurinui’s depth of…

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connecting community

In response to the local iwi’s call to “bring the community together where the land rolls into the ancestral waters of the Rangitīkei”, Architecture Workshop’s new Te Matapihi Bulls Community Centre provides both a landmark structure for the town and a striking gateway to the Rangitīkei District. Opened on 25 September, the 1110m2 building has been designed to cater for the needs of a number of groups, through the provision of multi-use, subdivisible spaces. In addition to the regional hall and rooftop pavilion, there are facilities for children, Plunket, a toy library and mothers’ groups, as well as a library. The Life & Friendship Club offers the elderly a seated, newspaper-reading area, spaces for talks, a large terrace and a kitchen; an i-Site, toilets, WiFi and e-car recharger are provided for…

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wynyard waterfront

A collaboration between Bossley Architects, Singapore-based ar+d and UK-based Conran + Partners, New Zealand’s first Park Hyatt hotel opened on 15 September at Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter. Built on the site of the old Team New Zealand sheds fronting onto the Viaduct Harbour, the 29,000m2, seven-storey hotel provides 195 rooms placed around a dramatic, partially glazed central atrium. An external façade, cloaked in sliding and pivoting bronzed stainless-steel mesh screens, creates a shimmering skin of reflections, while the hotel’s interior features local artwork, including a waka carved by Rotorua artist, Lyonel Grant, a site-specific light installation by Peata Larkin and woven tukutuku panels in every room. Architect Pete Bossley says the Park Hyatt wanted to make a contribution to the city, “and the combination of waterside bars and restaurants with a generous colonnade…

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under the arches

In its third joint venture with Marutūāhu iwi, following Tuatahi (Mount Albert) and Kōkihi (Waterview), Ockham Residential has announced the launch of Aroha – a 117-unit development, including 47 KiwiBuilds, to be built at the intersection of Great North Road and Ash Street in Avondale. Architectural designer Hannah Chiaroni-Clarke says Ockham’s 14th development is split over two buildings – one of seven storeys and the other of five storeys – connected by a courtyard designed by landscape architect Bridget Gilbert. The predominance of arches, says Chiaroni-Clarke, was inspired by Ockham’s affiliation with the arts, with maths and with critical thought. “We have used the design motif in two ways,” she says: “one to signal and demarcate the front entries and, the other, to top every balcony stack and draw the eye…