Architecture NZ January-February 2021

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

GREAT TO SEE THAT TE KĀHUI Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects has, at last, taken a stand on the climate crisis. And, despite Greta Thunberg calling New Zealand out for a lack of action, it’s encouraging, too, that our government has declared a climate emergency. Better late than never, especially when reading some of the submissions to the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment’s Building for Climate Change (BfCC) programme. Getting any speedy, effective alterations to our building codes and practices to combat this crisis looks nigh on impossible. Perhaps Snøhetta co-founder Kjetil Trædal Thorsen’s dire predictions are right – that our industry will not be able to change rapidly enough to play its vital part in reversing the impact of global warming. Then there’s the feud among signatories to the…

6 min
awake awake

I AM WRITING AT THE TAIL END of the award season: that time of year when our mates pop up on stage trailing along a client or two, a builder and a collection of the crew from the back room to receive a gong. The award programmes come thick and fast: Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects, the Property Council, the Designers Institute, the Architectural Designers and others out there in Aotearoa. There are those from afar too, importuning us to enter their programmes and post off euros, dollars, fat image files and florid text, all wrapped in high hopes. I have an ambivalent engagement in these things, wringing my hands at my failure to win awards in programmes I haven’t entered and feeling deeply inadequate when I look…

6 min

THE IMPORTANCE OF KEEPING a conversation flowing is not only the stuff of successful dinner parties, it forms the very basis of our continually developing societies and ideals, through the testing and re-testing of what we believe. What we say and what we listen to reflect back to us who we are, and provide an ever-evolving snapshot of ourselves as a community, as a wider society and as a nation. Remembering that the concept of nationhood is both identity-empowering and dangerous, the importance of conversation is made starkly clear in this age of online misinformation. All sides of any discussion – architectural or not – need constant airing, and across many platforms, to avoid the silo effect. In any conversation, it is fascinating to observe who is doing the talking (how are…

2 min
the big reveal

Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum opened the doors to its transformed Te Ao Mārama South Atrium on 3 December, after an extensive 18-month refurbishment. The new space, designed by Jasmax, with FJMT and designTRIBE, integrates local mana whenua and Pasifika concepts, creating a generous bicultural precinct embodying the principles of manaakitanga. “This project is about deepening the relationship between the building and its place in Tāmaki Makaurau, uplifting the cultural dignity of Te Ao Mārama and delivering bicultural spaces for the people of Auckland,” says Marianne Riley, associate principal, Kaiāwhina, Jasmax. On arrival, Ngāti Whātua ōrākei artist Graham Tipene’s Te Tatau Kaitiaki (The Guardians Gateway) forms a threshold both to welcome manuhiri and to provide a point from which visitors can be formally welcomed into Te Ao Mārama. The gateway integrates…

1 min
divine designs

Warren and Mahoney, in association with Snohetta and Salmond Reed, has released the concept design for the reinstated Christ Church Cathedral and its supporting buildings, which will make up Christchurch’s Cathedral Quarter. Warren and Mahoney project principal Peter Marshall says the Cathedral remains the hero of the vision, supported by contemporary buildings that both contrast and complement it in terms of aesthetics and function. “To the north of the Cathedral will be the new Cathedral Visitors’ Centre; on the ground level, there will be a cafe, with terraced steps leading down to a lowered, landscaped courtyard and museum and retail. To the south, will be the Cathedral Centre, providing much-needed gathering spaces, offices and amenities,” says Marshall. “Both are designed to incorporate glass and timber textures to promote light and create a…

5 min
significant drawings gifted

On a blustery afternoon in early September, a white van backed into the dock-way at the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington. The van had travelled from Haumoana in Hawke’s Bay. At the wheel was Jacob Scott, eldest son of architect John Scott, accompanied by his brother Adam. In the van were 67 A1 AGFA photographic paper boxes: 50 red, 12 green and five yellow. In the boxes lay upwards of 7000 original drawings by John Scott and his staff, covering all his projects (more than 200) over the years of his architectural practice. Each box was marked with the names of the projects it housed. It was during Queen’s Birthday weekend in 2018 that I first saw the archive and inspected the contents of one of the boxes, along with fellow…