D E S C R I P T I O N
A glass art gallery located on High St, Christchurch.
Fields
Architecture
Date
2011
G A L L E R Y
  • G L A S S   A R T   G A L L E R Y
     
  • High Street consists of an eclectic blend of architecture with the majority of buildings consisting of very linear classical features. Curving connections is a New Zealand Glass Art and Ceramics gallery that creates organic and curvilinear connections between these straight classical elements. These elements can be seen twisting between the course lines and verandah of the surrounding buildings. The curvilinear forms are consistent throughout the entire gallery. The roof undulates down the original parapet line, highlighting the idea of breaking the classical linear forms of the surrounding buildings. 
     
    The verandah can be described as a "pulse" surrounded by lifeless horizontal forms. People walking past the facade will feel the urge to pause as the verandah above the heads rises. 
  • The curvilinear bands on the facade contrast the surrounding darkness at night. The pure white glow symbolises pure life in an area that is generally inactive at night. 
  • The gallery consists of three floors that are connected with sweeping staircases. Visual linkages throughout the gallery ensure that people feel comfortable passing between the different spaces. Each floor encourages a sweeping journey that is directed around the freestanding sculpture. The mezzanine floor is a place for rest where people can overlook the gallery spaces and outward into High Street. 
  • The rear facade has been re-awakened with the depiction of an organic form creating interest to people walking down St Asaph Street. People are invited to enter the building and then pass down a long sweeping hallway with an inviting hint of the gallery space able to be seen.