9 Dec 2018

Houses of Aotearoa - Andrew Patterson

From Standing Room Only, 1:33 pm on 9 December 2018

The houses of one of our most highly regarded architects Andrew Patterson are the subject of the first monograph to be published internationally of the work of a New Zealand architect. Houses of Aotearoa is being published by one of  the  (if not the) greatest publisher of art and culture books, Thames and Hudson.

Andrew Patterson was awarded the 2017 New Zealand Institute of Architect’s Gold Medal and was named by World Architecture News as one of 21 architects “whose directional ideas are helping to shape the future of world architecture”.

While the book focuses on residential work, Patterson’s studio is perhaps best known for its civic and commercial projects. These include some of the country’s most recognisable buildings, amongst them New Plymouth’s Len Lye Centre and the Christchurch Botanic Garden Centre.

The book is marked by ‘the house alone in big landscapes’ but Andrew also believes some short-term thinking contributing to our current housing crisis. 

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