Auckland is a region where tradition and modernism collide. The most populous city in New Zealand is steeped in traditional Maori heritage and the contemporary touches that make its architecture both modern and proudly Kiwi.
There's much to celebrate, which is why 22 to 27 September signals Auckland Architecture Week – a collection of events to salute the past, present and future of New Zealand architecture, particularly in the City of Sails.
So, what's been going on? Here's a rundown:
Public building and innovation at Aotea Square
With homeowners and businesses raising their game in the realm of eye-catching architecture, it's up to the NZ government and local councils to keep up.
Aotea Square is an area that has been a hub of innovation, and is often seen as a blank canvas for designers to show what they can do, right in the heart of the city. It also held a conversation on how public spaces and buildings can inspire and innovate.
Marshall Day Acoustics' Chris Day and Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel discussed what it took to create the stunning Philharmonie de Paris in France, all in a setting that continues to represent New Zealand's own expertise and innovation.