Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Wanganui Architecture

I went to Wanganui on the weekend, and thoroughly enjoyed myself!
It really brought home what a boring, culture-less place Tauranga is!
One of the things I enjoyed the most was the architecture of the place - not only some of the loveliest private colonial homes and villas that I have see, but all the old buildings and shops in town were amazing.
Now, it is no secret to readers of this blog that I particularly enjoy a lot of 1970's stuff, and architecture is no different, and there are some really nice, interesting examples of that in Wanganui also.
Unfortunately, just like 1970's wallpapers, there are a lot of really CRAP examples also. Now the house I am posting here is one I am not really sure how to categorise! - I can't make up my mind if it's just "interesting" or CRAP.
Sometimes things just seem "right" - or have some special "balance" or "Inbalance." It points to me that the designer either "got it" or "nailed it" as opposed to "not-quite getting it" or couldn't decide on how to solve a problem" OR the situation that is MOST LIKELY, the CLIENT said ooooh yes, I love EVERYTHING . . . only can you make those round windows SQUARE with POINTY ROOFES!" (as I reckon was the case with THIS house)
Now, Howard Roarke would have told the client to get stuffed, but THIS architect buckled, and look at the mess - on display for the world to witness!
I am not saying this IS the case, because it may NOT be! - don't forget, they had a lot of seriously good drugs back then, and this particular architect . . . well . . . let's not go there! What do YOU think?
There is no doubt to me that it sits on the site nicely, and it makes a hell of a statement perched there on the edge of the hill up there, and it is witness to a fabulous view (see the other picture), but what were they thinking with those bloody square boxes with pointy roofes! What do YOU reckon?


Blogger PC said...

Looks to me like the work of architect Roger Walker. Wellingtonians would recognise his "whimsical" work.

4:02 pm  
Blogger The Tomahawk Kid said...

Those boxes look like "add-ons" to me.
Somebody purchased the house in the future and wanted more windows, and got some random builder to give them some ideas!
I would have thought the original architect would have made them round like some of the other windows on the place

9:45 am  

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