Architecture NZ March-April 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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“FROM THE INFORMATION WE HAD, AND the advice we got, trying to take into account all of the precedents we were setting, I think we did the best we could.” On the 10th anniversary of the devastating Ōtautahi Christchurch earthquake of 22 February 2011, former National Prime Minister Sir John Key’s assessment in the New Zealand Herald of his government’s handling of the city rebuild is dispiriting, to say the least. So much for a market-led recovery. Clearly Key didn’t watch film-maker Gerard Smyth’s outstanding documentary When a City Rises, screened on TVNZ to coincide with the anniversary. It is a poignant celebration of what people power and community can achieve in the face of adversity but also a searing indictment on the job Key’s government did. As the documentary vividly shows,…

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custom stainless shower trays As Morten Gjerde points out in his 2017 article, ‘Building Back Better: Learning from the Christchurch Rebuild’, precinct planning or zoning is a very dated curiosity of the modernist approach to land-use management and has largely been discredited because it promotes a land-use monoculture that often leaves different parts of the city extremely quiet at times. He cites the proposed stadium as a likely dead environment and notes that the convention centre and stadium are conceived at scales that serve national rather than local agendas. “The physical scale of these projects in the city centre conflicts with the permeable, walkable scale envisaged elsewhere in the plan.” When a City Rises delivers a more blunt assessment – that the delayed $475m Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre is too large, in the wrong place…

6 min
we do not live by bread alone

AN AWFULLY LONG TIME AGO, I came across a very large tent peg impaled in the pavement just off Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. A rope stretched from the top of the peg to a very elegant mansion and a sign above the door identified the building as the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum and announced a show inside that looked promising. I was an architectural neophyte and, while I vaguely knew the names Hans Hollein, Oswald Ungers, Ettore Sottsass, Arata Isozaki and Richard Meier, it was Buckminster Fuller’s name that had me bounding up the steps. It was his name that had fanned the embers of my earlier interest in studying architecture. It was, too, his geodesic constructions that stretched my understanding of the possibilities of building, beyond those of Christchurch’s…

5 min
our moral agenda

WHEN WE CELEBRATE THE BEST, IS IT FOR THE BEST? Language met its limitations with Covid-19; the word ‘unprecedented’ was used initially in 2020 by politicians without cynicism but, by the end of the year, the word was used by most with a sense of fatigue and irony: ‘unprecedented’. Making sense of last year was made more challenging because words did not seem up to the task. The political and virus outcomes of last year have picked up new intensities in 2021 and, if last year was unprecedented, how, then, to make sense of this year? And when and how will we do it? We in Aotearoa New Zealand have had the hard-won privilege of returning to a new normal and, for the most part, of rediscovering old routines, with some…

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tākina taking shape

Drawing its inspiration from Wellington’s famed weather patterns (perhaps, most notably, the wind) and the city’s hilly topography and maritime setting, Studio Pacific Architecture’s Tākina Convention and Exhibition Centre will provide a unique sculptural form on Wellington’s waterfront when it opens in mid-2023. Work began on the 18,000m2 building, which will feature 10,000m2 of dedicated convention space across its top two floors and a 1650m2 ground-floor exhibition gallery to accommodate touring exhibitions, in September 2019. The primary structure is expected to be completed midway through this year, with the facade installation scheduled to begin early in the second quarter. Project Director Stephen McDougall says Tākina will be clad primarily in a shimmering bronze glass; this references Ūpoko-o-te-Ika-a-Māui (Māui’s head of the fish) and will change in transparency throughout the day as it…

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interior awards 2021 and designer of the decade

Mark your calendars and get your submissions ready because entries are now open for the Interior Awards 2021. This year marks a decade of celebrating New Zealand’s most innovative interiors and the programme is back with all your favourite categories, plus a few tweaks – including naming New Zealand’s Designer of the Decade, as voted by the industry and a special public vote. A super-jury, made up of past and present Interior Awards jurors and Supreme Award winners, will select its top three designers – those who have had the greatest impact on interior design and the industry since 2010 – and a fourth name, chosen by public vote, will be added to the short list. Judging will take place in mid-May, alongside the Interior Awards judging. This year’s Interior Awards categories…