Posts Tagged ‘Ian Athfield’

Planners’ Screw-ups

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Ever wondered why the terminal is on the wrong side of the runway? (more…)

Wellington Mayoral Candidates Respond

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

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ARCHITECTURAL CENTRE: 2016 questions for Wellington mayoral candidates. (more…)

History Repeats: The Tale of the Hunter Building

Saturday, August 27th, 2016

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The current story of the Gordon Wilson Flats is perhaps not too different from that of the Hunter Building in the 1970s and 80s, (more…)

My favourite modernist building … Puaka-James Hight and Matariki

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

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In a culture that favours surface over substance, and visual sensation over bodily sensation, (more…)

My favourite modernist building … State Insurance Building (former)

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

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William Gummer (1884-1966) was one of New Zealandā€™s greatest architects (more…)

RIP Ath’

Friday, January 16th, 2015

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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For Sale by tender: CLASSIC MEDITERRANEAN HILLSIDE HOME

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Actually, neither a classic, norĀ Mediterranean, but I guess Real Estate Agents run out of descriptors fairly quickly when a house doesn’t have conventionalĀ character appeal, norĀ potential to stamp your own personality on it (via the insatiable kiwi attitude for DIY of course). “Outstanding views” (back across the harbour to Wellington City) are of course the opening words of the ad’s script – the house does at least offer something that can be recognised as value-enhancing in a conventional sense. (more…)