Architecture NZ May-June 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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PLEASE NO, NOT ALVAR AALTO. Finnish female director Virpi Suutari’s brilliant examination, Aalto, showing here in May and June at the Resene Architecture & Design Film Festival, lays bare some uneasy home truths about the man lauded as an icon of modernism. Revelations that give pause to rethink his beautiful, organic, curving architecture, his chairs, vases, and even his tea towels. Suutari’s coup was gaining access and permission to use love letters between Aalto and his first wife Aino, whom he married in 1924 and who died in 1949. They give unusual insight into the man behind the hero image, including his “erotic approach to life and work”. He was a philanderer. He drank. In one letter, he writes: “You need to commit a whole lot of sin before we’re…

6 min
a planetary price to pay

CASTING WORDS INTO THE future to be processed in a four-weeklong editorial programme is a strange business in a world that seems to spin ever faster. It is as if Instagram were mired in treacle, electrons crawling to deliver a photo of tonight’s great dessert some weeks hence, by which time dinner guests, occasion and location will have been long forgotten. One might, in response, have recourse to matters of a somewhat weightier import and longer lifespan but, though I feel passionate about, say, misplaced gerunds and the increasing use of ‘multiple’ in place of ‘many’ in the daily papers, I suspect that linguistic pedantry will not capture the imaginations of readers of this august journal. Nor will it be much of a call to arms in this, an age…

5 min
twenty minutes in tāmaki makaurau

IN MY LAST COLUMN, I discussed the reasons for revisiting our collective moral compass as we move through and beyond this Covid time, by rethinking what is considered achievement and, therefore, celebrated in the profession and the industry. Principal architect of Michael Sorkin Studio, Distinguished Professor of Architecture and devoted New Yorker Michael Sorkin, who championed social justice in the built environment and lived his own practice of architecture as ethics, passed away last year from Covid complications. I am yet to make my way through his writing, something I wish I had done while he was alive. I am not sure why I feel this way, given it was unlikely I would meet him, but, if I were to hazard a guess, I liked the idea of reading Sorkin…

2 min
big on reuse

A category one-listed heritage building at 35 Graham Street in Auckland’s Victoria Quarter is looking to become the site of the country’s largest sustainable construction reuse project. The potential project has entered the first stage of its planning process and has now been granted resource consent. If completed according to projections, it will be the first major commercial office development in the CBD designed for a post-Covid working environment. Set on an acre of land above Fanshawe Street, the existing 12,900m2 building was the Auckland City Council Service Centre for more than 20 years. The new Woods Bagot design plans to retain 1.8 million kilograms of reinforced concrete, resulting in projected CO2 savings of the equivalent of planting approximately 52 hectares of trees or of cancelling more than 13,000 flights between Auckland…

1 min
46 buildings, one weekend

This month, Open Christchurch celebrates some of Ōtautahi’s most exceptional architecture by opening 46 buildings to the public across the weekend of 15–16 May. Run by Te Pūtahi Centre for Architecture and City Making, Open Christchurch will offer access to culturally, historically and architecturally significant buildings as well as some not normally open to the public, such as Sir Miles Warren’s modernist College House and the heritage buildings of Christ’s College. Also featured during the two-day event will be: children’s architecture-themed workshops at the Arts Centre and Tūranga; expert tours of buildings by the architects and engineers behind their designs, including the Stranges & Glendenning Hill building, the St Andrew’s College Centennial Chapel, the Madras Street Townhouses and the Chen Anselmi Units; and guided walks, exhibitions and garden tours. Most…

1 min
interior awards – nine years of supreme winners

Congratulations to the many talented designers who worked on each of these spaces: Salmond Reed Architects, Patterson Associates, Fearon Hay Architects, José Gutierrez, Hare Interiors, McKinney + Windeatt Architects, Studio Pacific Architecture, BVN in association with Jasmax, and Warren and Mahoney in association with NH Architecture. We look forward to announcing the 2021 Supreme Award winner on Thursday 24 June. Join us on the night – tickets available from 2 June at 01 2012: St Thomas’ Chapel in St Matthew in-the-City Church by Salmond Reed Architects. 02 2013:‘While you were sleeping’. New Zealand ‘Guest of Honour’ Pavilion at the Frankfurt Book Fair by Patterson Associates. 03 2014: Waiheke Island Yacht Club by Fearon Hay. Architects. 04 2015 Supreme Award winner: TRA by José Gutierrez. 07 2018: He Tohu Document Room –…