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New Zealand
Parkside Media
6 期號


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editor’s letter

As the sun rose on the first morning of 2020, my children and I watched it make its way over the gabled roofs of a group of timber cabins near the base of Mt Ruapehu. Through a hazy sky, the light this burnt orange sun cast over the central plateau that day made the familiar strange — the beginning of a year that would be confronting in more ways than one. It was under this strange light that many of us started our year, compelled to be more aware of our impact on the earth — have a look on page 30 to see how beautifully photographer Rachel Mataira captured these skies. Looking back to those early days, had we been told of the events that would unfold in the coming…

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Melanie McDaid For our cover story you wrote about the personal home of a well-known local architect (Tim Hay from Fearon Hay Architects), what did you find the most appealing about this space? I loved the way this home had aged so handsomely, and the simplicity and strength of the design. You have worked for leading architectural practices here in New Zealand and in the UK, what attracts you to writing about architecture? First of all, I love visiting interesting spaces and talking to those who have designed them. I also am learning that whatever creative project I set my mind to, whether it be planning and designing buildings or other structures, or writing, I approach in the same way — conceptualising, rationalising, and providing a coherent, logical solution, which is hopefully…

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little retreats

The first thing one notices is that the building is clad in handmade bricks that somewhat echo the nearby, heritage material palette but with a modern, light colouration and more streamlined proportions so as to hint at something quite rare happening design-wise. There is much to be said about the laneway created by the hotel, but in brief: it is a sort of deconstructed, porous block of hospitality venues — kingi, Cafe Hanoi, Michael Meredith’s Mr. Morris, and the soon-to-open The Libraries — that connect Customs and Galway streets and intermingle and recede to allow pedestrian flows between them. The windows are unevenly placed and of varying sizes, alluding perhaps to Le Corbusier’s Ronchamp Chapel — the frames flush against the façade rather than imploding. The building seems to have an inherent…

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qt auckland

This design hotel chain from across the ditch has been making inroads in New Zealand since 2015 when it purchased the quirky, art-filled Museum Hotel in Wellington and refurbished it with visual cues that range from the circus-like through to French cabaret. Although this Auckland iteration is slightly more subdued than its flamboyant, Wellington cousin, it is significantly more colourful than its Queenstown counterpart and entirely more light-filled than the moody and theatrical Sydney locale. It does, however, retain many of the quirks and eclecticism that have become synonymous with the burgeoning hotel chain. According to its chief designer, Nic Graham, “The QT DNA is design-driven. The furniture is often a mix of custom-designed and quality purchased items from local and international sources. The brand is balanced with great art and found objects,…

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park hyatt

There is an undeniable grandiosity to the Park Hyatt’s inner sanctum, a sort of cathedral-like gasp moment at being confronted with a huge, vertical void filled with modulated light and a powerful architectural statement. “The desire to create good, well-defined streets and urban spaces led to the rooms being stacked around the boundaries of the site, creating a large hollow rectangle,” offers Pete Bossley, lead architect for the hotel, as an explanation for this monumentality. “This inner atrium space was developed as a reference to a whare, with fins rising up the sides and across the skylit roof in a similar way to the poupou and heke of a whare.” Bossley, who has often quoted walled gardens and encampments as recurring themes in his oeuvre, accomplishes a sense of openness often…

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bright futures

Wellington-born photographer Rachel Mataira has spent the past year documenting the social landscape of New Zealand as it weathered a myriad of challenges. Her first solo exhibition, The Year in Review, took place recently in Auckland’s Studio 230 and contained a selection of images of the main events that rocked the country. It culminates with aerial shots of the Auckland water dam reaching its expected levels, and other shots hinting at reconstruction and renewal. Pictured below January: Australian Bush Fires More rachelmataira.com Billie Culy’s recent series of photographs has its origins in detritus. The Nelson-based artist frequents second-hand shops, where she sources homewares, furniture, and props from other people’s domestic lives. These items are then arranged in ways that emulate editorially styled photo shoots or, in some instances, an interesting mix between classic…