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Like many of you, I have been watching events unfold in the USA with interest. Yes, I know that Maximus and Leviathan may be rolling over in their watery graves for me even approaching such a topic – after all, this is a blog dedicated to architecture, in Wellington, rather than political events in Washington. But there is a strong link, which I will get to…

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Phew – thank goodness that 2020 is over. It’s been a horror show for most of the world and never seemed to want to finish, but at last, like T****’s presidency, it’s at an end. Things can surely, only get better from here on in. What is the future going to hold for Wellington? What is the future for Eye of the Fish? How can the…

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A missive has arrived from Wellington City Council, outlining that they have a plan for some changes around Garrett St (just off Cuba St) and Swan Lane (opposite Garrett St). In the interests of speediness, as they have a very short period of consultation, I’m going to post it here. There is actually screeds of paperwork, with parking places spelt out in GPS coordinates (Ha! try…

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Hi, I’m Nemo. Captain Nemo to you. I’ve written on this blog a couple of times before but the recent demise of Leviathan makes me think that we shouldn’t just let it all go to waste. I’ve been reading Eye of the Fish for years and am going to give it a try to keep it going, but under new management. It seems that Wellington really…

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Hi there – it’s Captain Nemo here, with an infrequent appearance on the esteemed Eye of the Fish. Just want to bring to your attention the launch of a new book – Tall: the Design and Construction of High-rise Architecture – being unveiled to the world on Wednesday October 9th at 5.30 and you’re all welcome to come along. There will be copies available for sale…

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There was some wonderful wooden news about Wellington last night, with the announcement of a new timber tower for the CBD. It’s a new building being developed for Robert Jones Holdings, which in itself is unusual as Sir Robert Jones normally just likes to buy and hold, but here his company has decided to redevelop the existing site. The new building has been designed according to…

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I’m filling in here while Levi is away (not sure when he’ll be back again), so here is a welcome tale, not exactly about Wellington, but definitely about Architecture. You’ve probably all heard about the Venice Biennale of Art, where New Zealand has been exhibiting for the last several times, some more successfully than others? There’s also a Biennale of Architecture too, and Aotearoa has been…

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Nau mai. Te Tiriti o Waitangi has been welcomed into its new home, a specially-designed whare at the National Library, along with two other founding documents of Aotearoa. It sits alongside He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni – the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of New Zealand, and the 32,000 signature petition on Women’s Suffrage – Te Petihana Whakamana Pōti Wahine, in…

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One of the more enjoyable nights of the year for us architects is the Awards night, held in Te Papa last night. I thought the awards jury did a really good job this year and picked a smaller, but tighter bunch of projects for awards. There was a few awards for teams at the top of their game, but it was lovely to see a few…

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Bit of a rush post, because you only have one day to view this – Rostrevor House, the greenish building on the corner of Marion Street and Vivian Street, is having giant strengthening frames installed today. It’s pretty exciting stuff. The frames (made by Fitzroy Engineering in New Plymouth) have travelled down at night and are going to be craned into position today. Honestly: blink and…