'Is Wellington Modernism too Ugly to Love?'

'Is Wellington Modernism too Ugly to Love?'

The event features two prominent New Zealand architects: Bill McKay and Ken Davis. By looking at a range of mid-century Wellington modernist buildings, the speakers will consider whether they’re too ugly to love or simply misunderstood.

These include the controversial and much-maligned Gordon Wilson Flats on the Terrace. Its owner, Victoria University of Wellington/Te Herenga Waka, wants to raze the structure and rebuild on the site.

Many Wellingtonians seemingly agree. This is despite the building having been identified by the Environment Court as having very high heritage values.

A divergence exists between what heritage experts consider significant and what the general public thinks. Is it possible to bridge the gap so Wellingtonians might better understand and love their city’s modernist heritage?

Image: Whanganui War Memorial Centre, strengthened by BSM Group Architects – a winner in the 2020 Western Architecture Awards. Photograph: Mark Brimblecombe.


No booking is required

Location: Adam Auditorium, City Gallery, Civic Square, Wellington

Cost: Free

Duration: 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Contact: wgtn@historicplacesaotearoa.org.nz

Accessibility: Wheelchair access is avaliable

Historic Places Wellington

Historic Places Wellington a not-for-profit society that aims to promote the identification, protection and conservation of historic places and to inform, advise and educate the public on their significance.

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