Architecture NZ July-August 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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4 min

IF EVER THERE WERE ANY DOUBT THAT climate change is an ethical issue then the landmark judgement by the Australian Federal Court in late May should settle the matter. The class action case brought, on behalf of all Australian children and teenagers, against Environment Minister Sussan Ley sought to prevent approving the Whitehaven coalmine extension project in New South Wales. The court didn’t order the project should be stopped. Instead, it put the onus on the environment minister, finding she owes a duty of care to Australia’s young people not to cause them physical harm in the form of personal injury from climate change. Aspects of the profound duty of care finding, which provides the first step in a claim of negligence, are worth repeating: “It is difficult to characterise in…

6 min
on confusion

LONG AGO, WHEN WE WERE still allowed to have open fires in the city, I decided I would work only with a bricky with a good track record in fireplaces: structures that drew well, gave out good heat and didn’t smoke. I lucked upon Willie Colvin who, as a child, had worked with his father on the fireplaces in Mackintosh’s Windy Ridge house. I was a bit too dim to understand the implication of the house’s name, that a windy ridge was likely to damn-near guarantee a successful draught up the chimney and a smoke-free fire, but I soaked up Willie’s advice, particularly his tip for dealing with dodgy customers. He would lay a sheet of glass halfway up the flue and, if a recalcitrant customer was tardy in paying and…

6 min
ecstasy and equity

RECENTLY, I ACTED AS A member on a Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects Awards jury panel. It can feel a bit cheesy to say these things but it really was an honour. The ecstasy of architecture: looking up at the detail of a brick soffit as if in prayer, trailing a hand over a balustrade, staring up into a vault of light, sighing at an exquisite handle. The experience is a roller coaster of intimacies; you are invited into people’s homes, and over the thresholds into the architects’ heads. I saw homes that were worth millions of dollars. In the same week, I was warmly welcomed into neat-as-a-pin, one-bedroom public housing apartments and then, later, sitting snug in the cosy corners of a small house designed for youth…

3 min
across the board

UNDER THE CANOPY Two years in the making, Haumanu (meaning revive, restore to health) was installed in Auckland Museum’s Te Whiwhinga, The Imaginarium, over a two-week period during May. The 9.3-metretall tree and floating overhead canopy, created by Northland artists Will Ngakuru and Nicole Charles of Building Wilderness, were designed to encourage children to explore the sounds and stories of the forest and its place in our ecosystem. RECRAFTING THE COURT Developed design has commenced on Christchurch’s new Court Theatre, a joint project between Athfield Architects, UK-based Haworth Tompkins and a wider Christchurch team of consultants. The Christchurch City Council has committed $30 million towards the development, which includes construction of a new three-storey home for The Court Theatre, a series of laneways and a central courtyard for outdoor performances, and landscaping by local…

5 min
growing up, not out: a review of open christchurch

I’ve always dreamed of having a key to enter any building I desire. While I remain keyless, my aspirations were lived out through the festival of exceptional architecture – Open Christchurch. In any other city, this would seem to be an event of architectural provocation but not for Ōtautahi, a city shaken by 13,000-plus earthquakes. Open Christchurch provided visual evidence of progression and response to 10 years of post-disaster construction. Numerous site visits of multi-residential and revived commercial buildings unveiled a lens: witnessing the urban densification of a city once deemed desolate. On 15 and 16 May, Christchurch opened more than 40 of its doors to its public. The event was organised by Te Pūtahi, an independent, not-for-profit body, whose aim was to encourage people to engage with, and become alive…

1 min
michael leng

My inspiration is drawn from sense of place: the people, purpose and values that reflect my background and connection to Aotearoa – honest, pure and grounded. I chose Laminam Ossido Verderame to form the backdrop to a boutique office lobby concept. Its green, earthy tones have a beautiful, rich, bronze undertone and the overall effect feels very connected to nature. This product is best applied vertically so I imagine it lining the, say, five-metre-high lobby walls as a subtle detail. It is accented by a palette that elevates and enrichens this: introducing organic wood, lighting and furniture from local makers, and addressing the space with soft furnishings. I’m also interested in sculptural elements. Richard Serra’s Corten steel Te Tuhirangi Contour at Gibbs Farm expresses movement, tracing the contour line across…