Category Archive: architecture

Spirals

Spirals

I am deeply attracted to elegant solutions. I can’t always achieve them myself, but they are always what I aspire to. We don’t have space …

 

Stripes

Stripes

“Hot weather opens the skull of a city, exposing its white brain, and its heart of nerves, which sizzle like the wires inside a lightbulb. …

 

Ambition

Ambition

“One day,” he said, “We will own all of this.” “Urgh,” she thought, “I’ve only just finished decluttering my sock drawer.” It’s been a day of watching …

 

Under African skies

Under African skies

Today was a beautiful sunny day, and the sky was about as blue as it gets. I couldn’t wait to get out of the office …

 

Wellington burst like a bomb…

Wellington burst like a bomb…

“Then out of the tunnel and Wellington burst like a bomb. It opened like a flower, was lit up like a room, explained itself exactly, …

 

After the agony…

After the agony…

Sometimes I wish my Dad could see me now. He died back in 1990, so he’s been out of my life, in a physical sense, a …

 

Next stop, Everest

Next stop, Everest

The first time I climbed these stairs by the time I’d reached the 9th floor I thought I was going to die. Lungs bursting out …

 

The earth

The earth

We sit on the paved courtyard outside Te Papa. The night air is chilled, the tiles still warm from the day’s sun. It’s like school …

 

Macrotermes

Macrotermes

As a child Boris had spent hours constructing elaborate ‘houses’ out of playing cards. He slipped cards into the pages of books to provide sound …

 

Looking up

Looking up

When I was a kid I used to come to Wellington and look up at the big buildings and wonder what it was like from …