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

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Deco delights

The development of Chaffers Dock may be dragging on interminably (the ground floor shops and public area have been "just about to open" since last year), but there's recently been a very welcome little bit of progress. The long-promised public viewing platform on the roof is finally open, and it provides wonderful elevated views of the harbour, city and Waitangi Park.

View from the top of the Chaffers Dock buildingAt the moment, there's still a bit of construction work going on, so until all the signage is ready in a few weeks' time you'll have to find your own way, and the final door to the roof was locked when I visited at lunchtime today. Nevertheless, I was able to take a few good photos of the harbour and park, and the lift lobby and glorious staircase of Edmund Anscombe's most significant Wellington building are worth it in their own right.

To reach the top, enter through the doors at the southeast corner of the building (beneath the "cascade") between 9am and 3pm and take the lift to the fifth floor. From there, find the stairs going up to the roof, and even if the last door is closed, you'll get some great views through the windows.


At 4:31 pm, April 04, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not between Friday and Sunday night though.

At 10:04 am, April 05, 2007, Blogger Alan Wylde said...

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At 5:59 pm, April 05, 2007, Blogger Alan Wylde said...

Tom, I suspect you mean the south-west corner.

At 10:43 am, April 08, 2007, Blogger Alan Wylde said...

Here are some more pictures of that wonderful stairway

At 12:51 pm, September 23, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has anyone got a map with directions to get to the deck? I asked around and no one knew anything about it! Maybe the apartment building has closed it to the public


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