Archinect - News 2017-07-22T21:05:16-04:00 "Kinetic" steel museum in New Zealand pays tribute to illustrious sculptural artist Len Lye Justine Testado 2015-08-04T15:51:00-04:00 >2015-08-11T18:43:16-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Len Lye Centre in New Plymouth, Taranaki in New Zealand stands as an emblem of the sculptural works and philosophy of acclaimed artist <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Len Lye</a>, who was a prominent figure in the kinetic sculpture and experimental film movements throughout the 20th century. Celebrating its grand opening late last month with the&nbsp;Govett Brewster Art Gallery, the Centre is the culmination of a more than three-decade endeavor in building a permanent home for Lye&rsquo;s archive of work. As an expansion to the Govett Brewster, the Centre is the only museum in the country that is dedicated to a single artist.</p><p>The New Plymouth District Council financed the building through an extensive government-led fundraiser and commissioned New Zealand practice Patterson Architects Associates to design the new building. Keeping their true client &mdash; Len Lye &mdash; in mind, Pattersons fused significant elements of the artist's inspirations into their design, including Maori motifs, Greek classical temples, and the manipulation of ...</p> New Zealand landscaper shapes church out of trees Justine Testado 2015-07-13T14:19:00-04:00 >2015-07-24T15:08:20-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="557" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>You don&rsquo;t have to be religious to appreciate the Tree Church in Ohaupo, New Zealand. A heavenly 100-seat chapel set among a 3-acre landscaped garden, the church boasts walls made of living trees planted around an iron frame. In 2011, Barry Cox, who runs a tree relocating business, decided that his backyard was missing an old stone church like the ones he had studied and admired on travels to Europe.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Get a glimpse inside the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tree Church</a> in the video below.</p><p>And here's more tree love and cool churches on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tree-hugging in the modern age</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">It's official: trees are good for your health</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New photos of E. Fay Jones' Thorncrown Chapel unveiled to mark 35th anniversary</a></p><p><a title="Great Synagogue of Edirne in Turkey, Europe's third largest synagogue, reopens after five-year restoration" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Great Synagogue of Edirne in Turkey, Europe's third largest synagogue, reopens after five-year restoration</a></p><p><a title='Tour the stunning "The Fish Church" in Stamford as part of the Docomomo US Tour Day' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tour the stunning "The Fish Church" in Stamford as part of the Docomomo US Tour Day</a></p> APEC announces expedited international registration among architects in Canada, Australia and New Zealand Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-20T21:01:00-05:00 >2015-02-21T17:28:35-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="376" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Now licensed architects in Canada, New Zealand and Australia will have a much easier time becoming registered in any of those countries. The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, or <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">APEC</a>, just announced its Architect Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) among the registration boards of the three countries, so that architects with at least seven years of &ldquo;senior experience&rdquo; in one country can have their registration expedited in another. Representatives from the Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA), the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) and the New Zealand Registered Architects Board (NZRAB) signed the MRA on February 21 at the New Zealand Parliament.</p><p>The Government to Government Trans-Tasman MRA already entitled New Zealand architects to registration in Australia (and vice versa). Meanwhile Canada is having it large, as it is already part of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a similar MRA with the U.S. and Mexico</a>.</p><p>Read the full press release, drafted by CALA, AACA and NZRAB, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>... Oamaru is a New Zealand town dedicated to steampunk Archinect 2015-01-14T11:44:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T23:34:27-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We went to Oamaru, New Zealand to see the blue penguins (and they were super cute), but it was the town's dedication to Steampunk that really got us fired up.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Forget <a href="" target="_blank">steampunk condos</a>, New Zealand has it's own steampunk town.&nbsp;</p> The 2014 New Zealand Student Design Awards winners Justine Testado 2014-12-05T15:06:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T18:07:20-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The New Zealand Institute of Architects' celebrated another year of top-notch architecture student work with the recent announcement of the 2014 NZIA Graphisoft Student Design Awards winners. Every year, the top four final-year students from each of New Zealand&rsquo;s three Schools of Architecture (the University of Auckland, Unitec, and Victoria University of Wellington) compete for the top prestigious award.</p></em><br /><br /><p>These are a few of the winners and finalists:</p><p>Above - WINNER: Tom Dobinson (Victoria University of Wellington): "Wharf Dwellers &ndash; An Expose of Lyttelton"</p><p>HIGHLY COMMENDED: Ji Min An (Unitec): "Korea/Korea"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>HIGHLY COMMENDED: Norman Wei (University of Auckland): "SUPER-PACIFIC-CITY: The Saga of Lomipeau"&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>FINALIST: Hamish Beattie (Victoria University of Wellington): "Topology Of A Phantom City"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>FINALIST: Mayank Thammalla (Unitec). Project: "Swim Or Sink"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>FINALIST: Zee Shake Lee (University of Auckland): "Moving Grounds: Irrupting Three Kings&rsquo; Inverted Volcanoes"&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Head over to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> for more.</strong></p> Resilience on the fly: Christchurch’s SCIRT offers a model for rebuilding after a disaster Alexander Walter 2014-08-11T14:59:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T20:32:04-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="428" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>That calamity hit Christchurch, New Zealand, in a series of earthquakes that devastated the city in 2010 and 2011. Most people here don&rsquo;t see the extent of repair work going on underground. [...]Yet the organization created to manage Christchurch&rsquo;s infrastructure rebuild has a vital role, and it&rsquo;s become something of a global model for how to put the guts of a city back together again quickly and efficiently after a disaster.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> New Zealand exhibition for the 2014 Venice Biennale shows the country’s Pacific architectural roots Justine Testado 2014-05-23T21:07:00-04:00 >2014-05-27T14:25:25-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="649" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Our next featured pavilion for the fast-approaching 2014 Venice Biennale hails from Down Under in New Zealand, who will be participating in the keystone event for the first time. Curated by award-winning Auckland architect David Mitchell, the New Zealand exhibition is titled "Last, Loneliest, Loveliest" from Rudyard Kipling's The Song of the Cities poem.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As a response to Biennale Director Rem Koolhaas&rsquo;s theme, "Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014" that addresses the homogeneity of modernism, the New Zealand exhibition puts the country's distinct architectural scene in the spotlight -- from its traditional yet overlooked Pacific roots to dominant international influences. Below are a few highlights to be showcased.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Read background info on the exhibition on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong></p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15&rdquo; to represent Canadian Pavilion at 2014 Venice Biennale</a></li><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Parliament-themed Austrian Pavilion revealed for 2014 Venice Biennale</a></p></li></ul> Winners announced for the 2014 New Zealand Architecture Awards Justine Testado 2014-05-12T20:52:00-04:00 >2014-05-19T21:59:10-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="520" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Winning at the New Zealand Architecture Awards -- the country's most prestigious architectural competition -- must feel like winning the lottery. This year's winners, who accepted their awards at a ceremony in Auckland, were recently announced. This year's program included nine award categories; the 2014 recipient of the New Zealand Institute of Architects Gold Medal, and the winner of the New Zealand Architectural Medal -- the competition's highest honor.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>2014 recipient of the New Zealand Institute of Architects Gold Medal:</strong> Patrick Clifford of Architectus Bowes Clifford Thomson<br><br><strong>(Pictured above) Winner of the New Zealand Architectural Medal:</strong> <strong>ASB North Wharf by BVN <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donovan Hill</a> with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jasmax</a>.</strong> Also awarded in: Commercial, Interior Architecture, and Sustainability categories</p><p>Below are some of our favorite photos from the category-winning projects.</p><p><strong>AUT University Sir Paul Reeves Centre by Jasmax&nbsp;</strong><br>Categories: Education, and Planning and Urban Design</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>A House at the Beach, Te Horo (1986) by Moller Architects</strong><br>Category: Enduring Architecture Award</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Headland House by Stevens Lawson Architects</strong><br>Category: Housing</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Regional Terminal at Christchurch Airport by BVN Donovan Hill and Jasmax in association</strong><br>Categories: Commercial Architecture and Interior</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>New Zealand Guest of Honour Pavilion by Patterson Associates Limited and Inside Out Productions Ltd</strong><br>Category: International Architecture</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Hurstmere Green by Sills van Bohemen</strong><br>Category: Planning and Urban Design</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Arruba Bach...</strong></p> Christchurch's replacement cathedral has boosted a fledgling furniture sector Alexander Walter 2014-04-22T13:52:00-04:00 >2014-04-28T19:27:10-04:00 <img src="" width="620" height="349" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Two years after the 2011 earthquake destroyed Christchurch's neo-Gothic cathedral, the building has been resurrected. It has also undergone something of a public transfiguration. [...] In the past few years cardboard has also become increasingly popular in small-scale design. Hipster boutiques, museum gift shops and high profile public events such as the State of Design Festival now stock cardboard lighting, storage units, stools and kids' toys.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Anything goes as Christchurch rebuilds Alexander Walter 2014-01-08T15:36:00-05:00 >2014-01-13T17:10:53-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The disaster that reduced Christchurch to rubble has given rise to a spirit of art and enterprise, writes Tijana Jaksic. [...] Nearly three years on from the devastating earthquake that shook the city, it's clear that Christchurch will never be the same. But the city is embracing the chance to not only rebuild, but completely reinvent itself.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Winner of the Christchurch “Breathe - The New Urban Village Project” competition Justine Testado 2013-10-29T20:48:00-04:00 >2016-12-08T09:23:11-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Holloway Team was selected as the winners of New Zealand's international "Breathe - The New Urban Village Project" design competition. The team is led by Holloway Builders from Christchurch, NZ in partnership with architecture firm Anselmi Attiani Associated Architects and Cresco engineers, both from Italy. Building and Construction Minister, Hon. Maurice Williamson made the official announcement on Oct. 22 at an event in the transitional Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Finalists Announced for Breathe, The New Urban Village Project in New Zealand</a></p> Shigeru Ban's Cardboard Cathedral opens in Christchurch Justine Testado 2013-08-07T11:29:00-04:00 >2013-08-14T12:00:08-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand opened its doors to the public for the first time on August 6. Designed by Japanese architect, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shigeru Ban</a>, the cathedral is a temporary replacement of the original Christchurch Cathedral, the city's symbol that was destroyed by a 6.3-magnitude earthquake in February 2011. Construction delays prevented the cathedral from opening on its original deadline in February.<br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> Ban's Cardboard Cathedral is nowhere close to the original gothic revival design done by British architect George Gilbert Scott during the later half of the 19th century. The transition structure is in the middle of an ongoing debate whether the new cathedral's permanent design should be a restoration, a modern reinterpretation, or a completely new building.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> The Cardboard Cathedral's triangular frame of 98 cardboard-encased LVL beams enclose a multi-functional main hall that can accommodate up to 700 people for church events. In addition to cardboard--a reporte...</p> Winners of the 2013 New Zealand Architecture Awards Alexander Walter 2013-05-29T17:51:00-04:00 >2013-06-04T15:27:50-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The New Zealand Institute of Architects has announced nineteen architectural projects as winners of the 2013 New Zealand Architecture Awards. [...] The Imperial Buildings, a group of heritage buildings on Auckland&rsquo;s Queen Street which have been restored and revived by Fearon Hay Architects, received this year's New Zealand Architecture Medal, which is awarded to the most outstanding of the New Zealand Architecture Award winners.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Monopoly for Manchester St Camia 2012-07-13T16:16:00-04:00 >2012-07-13T17:24:08-04:00 <img src="" width="618" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Free parking on an earthquake-cleared Manchester St site is on hold while a life-sized Monopoly square moves in.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gap Filler</a> is a group sponsoring filling gaps around Christchurch with clever community engaging projects, their website is a collection of the different projects this group sponsored. They give pop-up a new meaning, not just as a trend but as a way to resuscitate the now vastly empty downtown of Christchurch. &nbsp;</p> Shigeru Ban in Christchurch, NZ Alexander Walter 2012-04-20T13:25:00-04:00 >2012-04-22T20:48:05-04:00 <img src="" width="238" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This week it was confirmed that Christchurch will be the site for the latest work by one of the world's leading ecological architects. Ban's design for the city's temporary Anglican Cathedral could become reality by the end of the year when a soaring tent-like structure constructed from a series of paper tubes weighing just under 500kg and placed on a foundation of shipping containers will rise on the site of the demolished St John's Church in Latimer Square.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Bogus architect claims inflate house values Archinect 2011-10-05T19:35:00-04:00 >2017-03-28T13:10:04-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="281" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ryan also described a property as being designed by 'award-winning architect Noel Jessop'. A search of the New Zealand architect's register reveals that Jessop is not an architect, but that he has a certificate in drafting. Ryan rejected the claim his conduct was misleading, saying members of the public use the words 'architecture', architecturally' and 'architect' interchangeably.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Offbeat Traveler: Yellow Treehouse restaurant in New Zealand anthony dong 2009-04-22T18:24:00-04:00 >2017-01-19T13:47:51-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This unusual restaurant started life as an ad campaign for Yellow, a New Zealand company similar to the Yellow Pages. The idea was to build a restaurant in a tree using only resources listed in the company's directories. via <a href=",0,7828879.photogallery?index=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA Times</a> | <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SpaceInvading</a></p>