Looks like it's taking inspiration for the nearby containers, but nevertheless, another boxy design..hno:
I'm a bit bored with glass boxes in NZ too, but I'm not so worried about them in this location. They contrast well with the round stadium and the heritage buildings nearby - railway station, the pub/hotel across the road and the wharf building that was converted into apartments. Then there is the variety of the BNZ building (at least the facade) and brute that is the IRD HQ down the road.
So, overall, there is quite a mix of buildings in Harbour Quays.
Spectacular new arts project for Wellington
1/08/2012 9:43:00 a.m.
Wellington may be getting its own “Guggenheim”.
A spectacular new privately funded art gallery is planned for the space between Te Papa and the Herd St Building.
A working party led by Museum Hotel’s Chris Parkin and including Te Papa’s Michelle Hippolyte, Property man Mark Dunaitchik, and Wellington Waterfront’s Ian Pike is working on the project.
Reliable sources say that $50million has already been promised for what the group is currently calling the Museum of Contemporary Art. It is thought that includes $35 million from Dunaitchik.
The building the group has proposed for the site is the cutting edge design four storey ‘transition’ plan created by the world renowned Dutch architecture firm UN Studio in conjunction with Jasmax for a competition in 2005.
Jasmax would say nothing about the project except that they are bound by a confidentiality agreement, and were unable to provide plans or drawings.
Wellington Waterfront website says this sculptural and distinctive building was designed to accommodate a gallery, and have other complementary uses.
This building was the subject of an international design competition for the space in 2005. The designs depart from anything previously seen in New Zealand, and generated considerable excitement amongst designers, architects and Wellingtonians.
The architects said of the design “... [It] is designed to manifest itself with the necessary forcefulness to have a real effect as a cultural marker.“
There has been no official confirmation of the project yet, but one of the sources chortled “it will be bloody good if it happens, won’t it”.
Meanwhile, the UN Studio extensions to Te Papa appear to be back on the table, after being on ice for a few years...
I think there are a couple of reasons for a bit of slow down in Welly,
1) The public Service is being forced to be frugal, and this is impacting on the Commercial sector (many of the new commercial buildings over the last 10 years were for Govt dept - DOC, MFAT, NZTA, Stats, Customs, )
Also there have been a couple of big apartment blocks completed and it has taken time for those units to be sold/occupied - (SOHO , Republic 1/2, )
But things are beginning to bubble, there is the replacement for watermark, called "1 market lane" being spruiked, and now this has appeared with a claimed construction start of August