Personal reflections on urbanism, urban life and sustainable urban design in Wellington, New Zealand.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Eccentric roof

Global "starchitects" don't have a monopoly on unconventional forms. This spiralling metal roof, which looks like a product of the 70s, sits atop an old wood and brick house on a side street in Mt Cook.


At 1:28 pm, October 20, 2005, Blogger Hadyn said...

Mt Cook resident:
"Oh my God! There is a giant green turd on the roof! Maude, get the hose."

Speaking of "organic" architecture, I have always liked the front of the Scientology centre in Willis Street.

At 9:06 am, October 21, 2005, Blogger Tom said...

I wasn't going to make the obvious scatological reference, but I'm glad someone's done it!

A slight correction, Hadyn: you're thinking of Athfield's First Church of Christ, Scientist, which is a lot more respectable than the Scientologists! It's one of my favourite buildings in Wellington, an unless the Waitangi competition panel chooses Oosterhuis Lenard's scheme, pretty much the only example of "blobby" organic architecture we're likely to see here. The pink "petal" capitals on the columns were probably a forerunner of the Nikau palms on the library. There's a nice pic here.

At 12:00 pm, October 22, 2005, Blogger s. said...

That's a beauty. How would you even make a "spiralling metal roof". It does my head in.


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