My favourite modernist building … Gordon Wilson Flats

Exterior view, state flats, The Terrace, Wellington

There are precious few examples of authentic modernist buildings in the Wellington region. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 11th August 2016
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Gordon Wilson Memorial Flats | 320 The Terrace

The Gordon Wilson Flats on The Terrace are under threat, Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 18th December 2015
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RIP Ath’

It’s been a tough couple of years for Wellington architecture with the significant losses of architectural giants such as Gerald Melling and Bill Toomath, and now today Ian Athfield.


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Posted on 16th January 2015
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The Group, the Book, a Review

Group Architects – Towards a New Zealand Architecture

“We New Zealanders live in a chaos of unplanned speculative building under an unthinking, self-seeking system of land sub-division. Our suburbias spread their tentacles along all the city traffic routes; our children cross streets to get to school; our wives buy in inadequate and too-distant shops lining the main roadways; our hospitals are over-crowded; our transport system is overloaded; our homes are ill-planned, graceless and monotonous in their petty variety.
We know there is another way of living…”

Sound familiar? This could have been written in 2010, but was actually written in 1948 in New Zealand as part of the Manifesto of “the Group”, the almost mythical assembly of New Zealand modernists responsible for a mid-century wave of simple, thoughtful, mainly Auckland houses. Arising from a post-war interest in clean, open, modernist principles, the Group was a collection of students and the occasional staff member at Auckland University, pretty much concurrent with our very own Architectural Centre. Indeed, some of the founders were members of both the Group and the Centre – the sharp-witted octogenarian William S Toomath was around at the start of both these movements, and is still going strong today, as are some other members of the Group such as Alan Wild.

The Group (both Architects and Builders) is long overdue for extensive Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 1st October 2010
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Long Live the Modern Bus Tour2

A bus tour of Modernist buildings in Wellington (Sunday 14 March). On Sunday Architect Bill Toomath will also be aboard, and will speak briefly about his design for the Wellington Teacher’s College in Karori.
Julia Gatley is the bus tour guide and also the curator of Long Live the Modern, showing at TheNewDowse from 31 January to 4 April 2010.
Visit for further details.

Posted on 25th January 2010
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Long Live the Modern Bus Tour1

A bus tour of Modernist buildings in the Hutt Valley (Saturday 13 March) with Julia Gatley (curator of the Long Live the Modern show at the New Dowse).
Visit for further details.

Posted on 25th January 2010
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One day Symposium: ‘from over-sweet cake to wholemeal bread’ – New Zealand Architecture in the 1940s

Date: Friday 5th December 2008
Venue: School of Architecture, Victoria University, Wellington

There will be a screening of films of NZ 1940s architecture at the NZ Film Archive on the evening of Thursday 4th December.  In addition, on Saturday 6th there will be a Docomomo(NZ) meeting organised by Julia Gatley.  For more information about the Docomomo(NZ) meeting please contact Julia Gatley at Auckland University,

Posted on 12th November 2008
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