Focus on Auckland: World Building of the Year and Art Week - Art Collector

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. Courtesy: the gallery and Jennifer French

9 October 2013 | Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki has been named the World Building of the Year at the World Architecture Festival 2013 in Singapore.

Since reopening in 2011, the gallery has won over 17 awards for design and architecture. It closed in 2008 for major refurbishment and expansion work, designed by a trans-Tasman partnership between Australian architecture studio FJMT (Frances-Jones Morehen Thorp) and New Zealand architecture practice Archimedia.

FJMT design director Richard Francis-Jones said that the New Zealand landscape inspired their work - "we saw the building as embedded in place. We wanted to use natural local materials, especially the beautiful kauri trees. But because these are protected, we could only use fallen trees or recycled wood."

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki beat the 16 other category winners to claim the prestigious award.

Auckland Art Week - TJ McNamara talk at Antoinette Godkin Gallery, Auckland. Courtesy: Sait Akkirman and Auckland Art Week

Aside from checking out the internationally recognised city gallery, art aficionados in Auckland this week can take part in the festivities of Auckland Art Week, which opens this Friday.

Every precinct is packed with events - there will be exhibitions, talks, writing workshops, tours and late night openings across the city. The Karangahape Road/Ponsonby side of the city will host an amazing array of activities and installations, including
Parity, Frances Griffiths-Keam's participatory digital sound art. One of the tours will focus on the art of one of New Zealand's most famous artists, Billy Apple - you will be guided to some of his corporate commissions to his public street installations, ending at his signature gallery work at Stark White.

To view the full program, click
here. Auckland Art Week runs until 20 October 2013.

Alexandra Djurichkovic

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