Monday, March 2, 2009

An Architectural Icon

Sir Miles Warren at Ohinetahi, his self-designed garden at Governor's Bay, Christchurch Sir Miles Warren Christchurch Town Hall, Kilmore Street, Christchurch, main auditorium detail 1972. Photograph by Martin Barriball. Both images supplied by Christchurch Art Gallery. Christchurch Art Gallery is about to open the doors on an exhibition of photographs, drawings and architectural models that make up a celebration of the life and work of Sir Miles Warren – one of New Zealand’s most acclaimed and honoured architects. Sir Miles has made a massive contribution to Modernist architecture in New Zealand and the exhibition charts a course through his architectural career – from the design of his Dorset Street flats in Christchurch to landmark buildings like College House, Crowne Plaza Hotel Christchurch, the Christchurch Town Hall and the New Zealand Chancery in Washington DC. On a more personal level, the show also includes watercolour illustrations for Sir Miles’ building proposals and architecture that he admired during his travels. A timely adjunct to the Ellerslie International Flower Show (in Christchurch), “Miles: a life in architecture” also shows him to be a talented garden designer. Images featuring the nationally-regarded formal gardens he designed at his Governor’s Bay home, Ohinetahi - in partnership with his sister, Pauline Trengrove and brother-in-law and fellow architect, John Trengrove – will also be shown. Sir Miles holds a CBE and KBE for services to architecture and in 1995 was admitted to the Order of New Zealand. The show opening coincides with his 80th birthday and runs through until June 14, 2009.

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