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It took a big piece of metal and a few architects with infallible convictions to make us eat our words.
The subject of this exercise in humility is an expansive metal screen stretching to 4 storeys in height and extending across the public face of what was previously a tired social housing apartment block. It was a controversial design element from the moment the design team put it on the table at preliminary design, and it has been the main topic in numerous passionate discussions at both ends of the spectrum.
Against the odds, the team at Studio Pacific Architecture continued to champion the positives until the project team could think of no more valid reasons to abstain from including this feature, and the go ahead for this contentious design element was confirmed.
The screen can now be found actualized as the shiny new face of the Newtown Park Apartments on Mansfield Street, Newtown, Wellington and, as part of RJHA’s role on the project as ‘Engineer to the Contract’, we recently inspected the works in preparation for Practical Completion.
It was an unexpected experience standing on the internal walkways and feeling the energy of the sun and the light playing through the seemingly abstract but actually painstakingly thought-out circular cut-outs. Resting against the vibrantly colourful break out balconies was a much needed respite from the hustle and bustle of the construction site and soon they will surely be an amenity that will be a daily relaxation perch and world-watching post for a number of the incoming tenants.
We are delighted to say that THIS time, we got it wrong and that you truly can’t judge a book by its modern architectural statement. It took a brave team of architects with the courage of their convictions to pull this off and thank goodness they did, as the end result satisfies one of the primary precepts of architecture by truly delighting the soul.