The Carbuncle Cup

In all of the current hoohaa surrounding Prince Charles’s latest intervention in the UK architectural scene, we can at least acknowledge his contribution to the field with his (in)famous descriptor “monstrous carbuncle”, with which he originally described the proposed Sainsbury Wing extension to London’s National Gallery (Prince Charles’s opposition led to the dropping of the original modernist proposal in favour, and subsequent realisation of the very postmodernist Venturi/Scott-Brown building). Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 23rd July 2010
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Video of the Week XL: Top 10 things you’ll never hear an architect say

From the “How to architect” series.

The guy seems a little weird (well, quite a lot actually), but I thought this might be a nice bit of Friday afternoon edification…

…not to be taken too seriously of course… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 23rd April 2010
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Charles Renfro lecture – wednesday 14th april


6pm, Wednesday 14 April

Adam Auditorium, City Gallery


HOME New Zealand and First Windows & Doors present New York architect Charles Renfro on his first visit to New Zealand.

Charles Renfro, of the New York architecture firm Diller, Scofidio + Renfro, is behind some of the world’s most talked-about projects of the moment, including New York’s High Line, the redesign of the Lincoln Centre, and the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art. His New Zealand visit will include lectures in Auckland and Wellington.

Posted on 8th April 2010
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Site Visit BNZ

The new BNZ building is open, and the owners have graciously allowed interested Architects and others to have a look at the fitout and the atriums inside this latest building on the Wellington waterfront.

outside and inside Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 11th July 2009
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Heading out east?

Kibirnie Plan

In conjunction with plans for the indoor sports stadium on Cobham Drive (not that this is mentioned in any of the council documents) Kilbirnie town is to become a bit more of  a town.

In the usual fashion the Council plans for infrastructure have no ambition for sending light rail through to the airport; indeed it is clear that the ‘Transit’ route on Cobham Drive to the airport is snipped out of the zone for consultation.

The architecture of Kilbirnie, if it can be said to have any, is lack lustre, and if you haven’t noticed, the Airport Retail Centre in Lyall Bay is booming, dragging plenty of our consuming citizens out east. The social and community space of your average big-box development is pretty awful, and the only thing that redeems the Lyal Bay one is the beach, where people go to walk their dogs. The counsultation process associated with the proposed development is a good opportunity for the Architecture Centre to exert some town planning ambitions. If you would like to forward us ideas just send an email through.

Public consultation sessions will be held at Kilbirnie / Lyall Bay Community Centre in Bay Road :

Thursday 4 June (1.00pm – 4.00pm)

Saturday 6 June (10.00am – 2.00pm)

Tuesday 9 June (5.00pm – 8.00pm)

If you want to submit independent feedback this needs to be returned to the council via Freepost 2199, Kilbirnie Town Centre Plan, Wellington by Monday 15 June 2009. Or use this online form.

Posted on 21st May 2009
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