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Chaffers Dock, thats the 1! Its so good seeing money going into the waterfront, as well as the surrounding buildings. I still can't believe Waterfront Watch wants a park in northern queens wharf, after Wellington is undertaking one of its largest civic projects in all its history. Helloo? Well i spose if i could get paid to complain id jump on the bandwagon lol
 

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Now I fell like im picking on you.

Are you serious though? The HSBC development was voted as one of worst examples of heritage restoration in Wellington by the New Zealand Institute of Architects(NZIA). All the developer did was demolish 90% of the historic building onsite, leaving the front of it as a facade for the parking levels.
I was unaware that this was the case, i havn't seen this building in the flesh but from the pictures it looks like they have refurbished the older part. learning that they demolished 90% of it leaving the facade is disturbing, the developers shouldn't be allowed to get away with shit like this, i thought that a building like that would be protected under historical status or something. I hope this isn't a trend, some developers need to be reined in all they care about is money.
 

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Thanks for the comments.
When you are next in Wellington, go and visit the building, so you can see what i'm talking about, there is a historic facade, which covers over the parking levels, and the windows have been bakced with a concrete wall. There are other examples of this sort of architectural blasphemy in Auckland too, such as the BNZ tower, and the Toshiba/Sofrana bldg (cnr Queen St and Mayoral Dr).
 

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Cuba/Dixon St development

Tried to post this ages ago, set to sit on the corner of cuba and dixon streets, replacing the old DEKA building.Builder Terri Serendipos is to start this 1 after the Century City apartments in Tory street.
 

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yes indeed!... that is certainly wow, very bold, and abstract I love it. Leaves me asking the question again; "Do all the best architects live in Wellington?".
 

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I love the design of that, very interesting.

It could be summised as; Wellington 'thinks of things' (and does them), while Auckland 'does things' (and thinks of it after), lol. In other words, collectively, Auckland is hard working, while Wellington is Intelligent. Complementary you might say.
 

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I think Wellington's now compensating for years of boxes and low detailed buildings.The new Cuba development will be 14 storeys, cost around 60m and be a mix of shops, offices and apartments. Plans and resource consents have been granted by wgtn council :D
 

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New building for wellington... :)

Quote from the Dominion post today….


A Big new office and apartment block is set to tower above Wellington’s Willis St following the demolition of buildings there.

The 27-storey building will be on a site now occupied the buildings at 70-80 Willis St

The building, which will be inside the 95-metre height limit, is being designed by Richard Kay of Peddle Thorp Montgomery.

Clem Griffiths, the owner of the site buildings to be demolished, says the new building “will make the adjacent Majestic Centre look dated”.
 

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Yes indeed a good design will make all the difference.
I am wondering, though, how the tower gets within the 95m height limit. 27 levels of office is around 110 (27x4m). So say half of the floors are apartments, that makes 42m (14 floors, at 3m), and the rest office/[email protected] a floor, which is 52m (14x4), plus plant room of 2-3m. This makes a total height of 97m, lol. And no room for architectural features. Maybe the 27 levels includes plant room. I'm sure the council would grant them an exemption from the height limit if the breach was only for a spire or something.
 

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^^

Well yeah I was wondering about the 95m height limit too… thing is that it is near the majestic centre and the State Insurance Tower which are both over that limit… I bet it will be over that limit, and so it should as that is a silly height restriction for that area anyway
 

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Yea, if I was the city planner I would allow it, because it is in keeping with the dominant character of the area (ie; high rise). The limit should be at least 120 or so, at least the height of the tallest current building. There might be a reason for the limit that i'm not aware of, i'll have to read the Wellington City Council District Plan.
 
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