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

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Kumutoto khazis

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.

Kumutoto toilet design competition - modelsThe 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.

Kumutoto toilet design competition - Green Folly


At 3:22 pm, July 29, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

.... and the winner is....? Come on Tom, don't keep us in suspense !

At 9:54 am, July 30, 2007, Blogger Tom said...

I don't know myself! It's been announced internally at Studio Pacific, but I'm not sure whether it's for public consumption (so to speak) just yet, so I'll check with WWL before posting.

Oh, and BTW, contrary to some rumours that have been floating around, I don't work at Studio Pacific!

At 2:28 pm, July 30, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard Tom Beard's real name was Guy?

At 2:36 pm, July 30, 2007, Blogger Tom said...

Now where on earth would someone get that idea from?

At 3:40 pm, July 30, 2007, Blogger Chris D said...

I went into the Waterfront offices today to look at the entries. Some great concepts there - fun, imaginative and deserving of the waterfront space.

I look forward to hearing an announcement.

At 9:18 am, July 31, 2007, Blogger Tom said...

Well, I've found out now, but Wellington Waterfront aren't quite ready to make it public yet. For now, let me just say that it's really quite out there, and I hope it does get built.

At 9:58 pm, July 31, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I have seen guy and tom in the same room together and can confirm that they are indeed two different individuals.

At 1:40 pm, August 01, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had a wander by the waterfront office today and had a look,

There are a couple of interesting ones,

I think the best of the bunch, were the one with the oversized upward sweeping roof(with Model), and the brown tubes ( which I think is best), the Brown tubes looks really cool although It would be brave to have it built, it would surely end up being commonly called some variation on poop :)


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