It may not have as rarefied a subject as the Memorial Park, but there has been another design competition going on: an internal contest among staff at Studio of Pacific Architecture, who have co-designed the public space at Kumutoto, for a combined public toilet and "folly" to go near the southwest corner of the Steamship Wharf building. The results are currently on show at the Waterfront Project Information Centre in Shed 6.
The contributions are, in various measures, beautiful, funny, relevant, playful, innovative and (one assumes) practical. Some include drinking fountains and telephone boxes, others are shaped like links in a nautical chain or are covered in living green walls. Unlike the unofficial Road Works competition, one of these will get built, and the winner will be decided tomorrow. With so many great ideas to choose from, whatever gets built should be really special, and in no time Wellington will be right up there with Kawakawa.