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Kauri cone the catalyst for stunning new courthouse

Kauri cone the catalyst for stunning new courthouse

Design avoids ‘monumentalism’ of past courthouses In Warren & Mahoney’s Wellington offices sits a small kauri cone. This modest object, with precise spirally-arranged overlapping scales, was the catalyst for the main courtroom in the new Supreme Court building in Wellington. The Supreme Court building and its revitalised partner, the former High Court building of 1881, now house New Zealand’s highest judicial institution. After almost six years in a temporary dw...
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Crib walls push boundaries

Crib walls push boundaries

The recently completed concrete crib walls at Highbrook Business Park in Auckland are some the largest gravity walls of their kind built in the country in recent years. Designed, manufactured and built by Gibbons Crib Walls, the two retaining walls run more than 390 metres in length and in places are more than eight metres high. That’s no mean feat, made even more impressive by the fact that the walls had to be completed to a tight programme. This speed of erection was one of the key ...
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Functional wine building pleasing to the palate

Functional wine building pleasing to the palate

Nestled in a cosy valley near Sandspit north of Auckland is Brick Bay Winery’s newly completed wine tasting and function centre. Designed by Noel Lane Architects, the building is spectacular yet functional. The structure which borders a natural pond and spans the weir, serves Brick Bay Wines as its tasting facility/function room, and provides a base from which people start out on the vineyards sculpture walk set within the property. The steelwork for the building was manufactured and i...
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