Mainly West of Queen Street - seen through my lens

Month: April 2011 (Page 1 of 3)

Britomart Transport Centre

Britomart Transport Centre --- Old CPO

Britomart Transport Centre --- Old CPO

Built as Auckland’s Chief Post Office (completed in 1912, designed by government architect John Campbell — a far cry from Ministry of Works architecture of the 1960s on), this building got transformed into the face of the Britomart Transport Centre and won numerous design awards and accolades for heritage-friendly refurbishment.…

Toi Toi in the Urban Environment

Toi Toi, Crummer Road

Toi Toi, Crummer Road

The feathery stalks of the toi toi mercifully cover up the monstrous scar. It was meant to become the SoHo Centre, with car parking dug deep into the ground, covering an entire block. Things did not proceed to plan, the financial crisis intervened, and now there is what locals derisively call the So-Hole.…

Look what’s behind this Wall…

Atrium on Elliott from Victoria Street

Atrium on Elliott from Victoria Street

Half a city block made room — for a street level carpark. A monument of excesses before the financial downturn. The exposed wall behind at least got some decoration, exposing the insides of the building.…

Poppy Day

Waikumete Services Cemetery

Waikumete Services Cemetery

Today, April 25, New Zealand and Australia observe Anzac Day, the anniversary of the landing of the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) at Gallipoli in Turkey (1915). From the commemoration of that ill-fated campaign, the day grew into a commemoration of all service personnel who died for their country, as well as honouring returned personnel.…

Lapwood Spiral

Lapwood Spiral

Lapwood Spiral

This is a detail of a large apartment building in Scotia Place, next to Queen Street and Myers Park. It is called “Lapwood Spiral”, presumably a reference to the distinctive spiral stairs, but I know nothing about Lapwood.

For more black and white images check out Dragonstar’s Weekend in Black and White.…

The Whau River

Whau River

Whau River

The Whau River is a tidal estuary which reaches inland from the tip of the Rosebank Road peninsula to Avondale and New Lynn. Here we see it in the outgoing tide, mangroves on both banks. A boardwalk through the mangroves is out of sight behind the trees at right of the picture.…

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