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Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki

The new Auckland Art Gallery has developed from a concept that relates as much to the organic natural forms of the landscape as it does from architectural order and character of the important heritage buildings. The new building is characterised through a series of fine “tree-like” canopies that define and cover the entry forecourt, atrium and gallery areas. These light profiled forms “hover” over the stone walls and terraces creating a memorable image and character closely related to the beautiful overhanging canopy of Pohutukawa Trees.

The built canopies are made from natural timber folded into organic geometric forms and supported on slender profiled shafts. These emblematic forms will give a unique identity and image to the Gallery that is inspired by the natural landscape of the site.

While the hovering roof canopies draw on natural forms they are also closely related to the scale, proportions and detail of the architecture of the existing Gallery. A careful study of the relative dimensions, proportions and alignments has determined the final form and positioning of the new elements to create a complement with the proud turn-of-the century architecture of the original Gallery.This close relationship between new and existing is developed through the precision of detailing at the interface and in particular with careful insertion of new elements such as within the great room of the East Gallery.

Below the hovering canopies of the new gallery a great transparency is created to allow views through, into and out of the gallery circulation and display spaces into the green landscape of Albert Park. In this way the Gallery will “open” to the park and public spaces in an inviting and engaging gesture of welcome.

Auckland City, 2009, 15000 SQM

Project Team

  • Lindsay Mackie
  • Russell Pinel

Photography

  • Patrick Reynolds
  • Simon Devitt

Press & Awards

  • WAF World Building of the Year 2013
  • WAF Culture Category Winner 2013
  • INSIDE Culture Category Winner 2013
  • NZIA New Zealand Architecture Medal 2012
  • AIA The Jorn Utzon Award for International Architecture 2012
  • PCNZ RLB Supreme Award 2012
  • PCNZ Excellence/Best in Category Arts and Education 2012
  • PCNZ Excellence/Best in Category Heritage and Adaptive Re-use 2012
  • NZIA New Zealand Architecture Medal 2012
  • NZIA New Zealand Award for Architecture (Public Architecture) 2012
  • NZIA New Zealand Award for Architecture (Heritage) 2012
  • RIBA International Award Winner 2012
  • NZIOB GIB Supreme Award Winner 2012
  • NZIOB GIB Over $50m Award Winner 2012
  • Chicago Athenaeum Museum International Architecture Award 2012
  • Resene Timber Design Awards Commercial Architectural Excellence 2012
  • Resene Timber Design Awards Indigenous Timber Showcase 2012
  • NZIA Auckland Award for Architecture (Public Architecture) 2011
  • NZIA Auckland Award for Architecture (Heritage) 2011
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