Look at this piece of expensive crap: the proposed design for NZ's new Supreme Court. The bill will be sent to you, to Mr and Mrs Taxpayer. The architects, Warren and Mahoney, are if you recall the same Warren and Mahoney that helped peddle the urban design disaster that was the Mallard Stadium.
That one was just a bigger Cake Tin plonked down between Auckland's downtown and its harbour. This one is little more than an oversized glass box with some pseudo-Maori candyfloss to pass it off as "bicultural."
What a piece of crap. As Judi Keith-Brown says in this morning's Dom, "There is no need for the Supreme Court to be very big or to cover what is now a park in that slab building. It is completely nuts. It is a court for five judges."
The building is as bad as the notion of the Supreme Court itself. Better to keep the park, I'd say -- or (if a new building is really needed, which I doubt) perhaps to hold an open competition to see if something of more substance can be produced.
UPDATE: More photos added, from Tom Beard's blog. More here at Skyscraper City.
LINK: Architects in uproar over Supreme Court Building - Stuff
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