The Eye of the Fish

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Kundig

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Nearly a month in, Eye of the Fish makes a return. I feel refreshed and reawakened, by an excellent evening presentation from Seattle-based architect Tom Kundig, at the City Gallery. What a lovely guy! And refreshing way of presenting too, instead of all me, me, me, he mainly let his work do the talking, while [...]

Gordon Wilson flats

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The hearing on the future of the Gordon Wilson flats is in it’s last day, and opinions over the building and it’s possible future are varying widely. “Specialists” viewpoints are widely opposed, of course, and currently the “developer” Maurice Clark’s opinion that the building would be like a “turd covered in glitter” is getting some [...]

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Film Museum + Convention Centre = WIN !!

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What a great note to end the year on. The long derelict site opposite Te Papa is to be the location, apparently, not just for a Convention Centre, but also a Film Museum with props from the Jackson empire. I’m truly impressed that this has been put together – and kept secret (well, at least [...]

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Shipping forecast

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On a miserable day like this, I thought a wee reminder of last weekend’s glorious weather would be nice. There’s something awe-inspiring about a waka on the waves. Waka was a lovely sight. As was the sight of everyone relaxing by the sea… But the thing I loved the most was this little boat…. …selling [...]

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Spatial Excellence

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Hello. I’m Nemo. Last week the Mayor of Wellington, Celia Wade Brown, tweeted excitedly that she was at the Wellington awards for Spatial Excellence, and that there was some fantastic spatial stuff out there. I’m not a fan of Twitter or the people that tweet non-stop about their experiences and occasional thoughts, as it is [...]

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Pyramids or Grain Stores?

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Architecture. Pyramids. Grain stores. I know it is a long way away from Wellington Architecture and Urbanism, but we do have a link – we have a Pyramid in Civic Square (sort of), so I reckon we can stretch the bounds of reason to get in a story about this. The stupidity of the average [...]

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New Zealand’s best building

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The Blyth Performing Arts Centre, at Iona College in Havelock North, has scooped the winning pool and been awarded the NZIA 2016 New Zealand Architecture Medal, for best building in the country. For the sake of those of our readers who are not 11-16 year old girls, or who don’t live in Havelock North, the [...]

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Gold medal Gardyne

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Stuart Gardyne (of Architecture +) has won the NZIA Gold Medal for Architecture, for 2015. Well done. That’s a great achievement – click to watch the film here. It’s nice to see a Wellingtonian be recognised once again – there currently seems to be a strong Auckland-only focus to the NZIA. But Gardyne hasn’t been [...]

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Grand Design indeed

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I’m loving the new kiwi version of Grand Designs. The host, Chris Moller, seems to be settling well into his job – and last night’s show was an absolute blinder. Architect Nic Ballara’s house (BBC Architects), clinging to the side of a cliff in Wellington, was a fascinating build to watch, and the finished creation [...]