Friday, October 23, 2009

An Architectural Pause

This is the above-ground heart of Auckland's Britomart Transport Centre, built as part of a programme to help reduce traffic congestion and pollution in Auckland. It was completed in 2003 and cost NZ$211,000,000. It took two years to build and used 40,000 cubic metres of concrete - this obviously for the below-ground rail system as well. Six years on and given the ongoing arguments and debates about the inefficiencies of Auckland's inner city public transport, many probably wonder if it was money well spent. Political arguments aside, I think it's a fine piece of architecture. This shot it should be noted, doesn't do justice to the scale nor the complexity of the building. As always I'm attracted to the flashy facade of things. There's been a heap of building activity at the greater Britomart Square location and if you click on Britomart in the label line below, you'll see other shots I've taken in the area.

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