Outside opinion: Christchurch central library

Posted 19 Mar 2019 by ArchitectureNow
Outside opinion: Christchurch central library

Since its European establishment in 1850, Christchurch has produced two internationally significant architectural movements: the Gothic Revival of the second half of the 19th century and the post-war modernism of the Christchurch School. Sadly, the enormous opportunity created by the demolition of hundreds of buildings after the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 has not, so far, led to a third significant architectural movement for the city.

The new central city library called Tūranga is, in our opinion, the first truly architecturally and socially significant civic building completed since the earthquakes and, perhaps, signifies the opportunity for a new Christchurch movement.

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