AN EXPERTLY GUIDED TOUR AROUND A SLICE OF AUCKLAND’S BEST BUILDINGS
Heritage, modernist, grand, religious, civic . . . in this lively pocket guide, leading architecture writer John Walsh selects 50 buildings that exemplify 150 years of Auckland architecture. Together they offer a unique lens on the city’s history. As Walsh observes, ‘the buildings of a city, whether civic or commercial, residential or religious, express the values, ambitions and aesthetic inclinations of the people who, at a particular moment in time, commissioned their design and construction. Architecture is a good guide to the zeitgeist.’
The book is constructed around six routes, which start in the central city and roam east to Parnell and west across to Wynyard Quarter and further on to Ponsonby. Maps make walking the routes very straightforward and Walsh’s sparkling texts are informative while Patrick Reynolds’ photography is dazzling.
The buildings range from the much loved and familiar — including the Auckland War Memorial Museum, Holy Trinity Cathedral and SkyTower — to lesser known gems such as the Ellen Melville Hall, John Goldwater’s Synagogue and Community Centre on Greys Avenue, and Ironbank, the first major new piece of architecture to appear on K’ Road in a generation.
The book is of value both to Aucklanders who want to know more about their city and to out-of-town New Zealanders and visitors from abroad. It also serves as a mini architecture ‘primer’, with a potted history of architectural styles, a glossary of terms, architects’ biographies and a list of suggested further reading.
Auckland Architecture: A Walking Guide is published in association with the New Zealand Institute of Architects, which brings the major architecture conference in:situ to Auckland this month. For more on the conference, go to: https://www.insitu.nzia.co.nz/.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR & PHOTOGRAPHER: John Walsh is the communications director for the New Zealand Institute of Architects. He is the author (with photographer Patrick Reynolds) of several major books on architecture, including New New Zealand Houses, Home Work, Big House Small House and City House Country House. John lives in Auckland. Patrick Reynolds is one of New Zealand’s leading architecture photographers. He lectures at the University of Auckland’s School of Architecture and is a commentator on urban design and transport issues. Patrick lives in Auckland.
PUBLISHED BY MASSEY UNIVERSITY PRESS 14 FEBRUARY 2019 LIMPBOUND, RRP $19.99