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Explore unique architecture with Open Christchurch

06 Apr 2022

Ever wanted to go behind the doors of some of Christchurch’s most innovative pieces of architecture? Now’s your chance. Resene is proud to be a sponsor of the Open Christchurch event, which returns for 2022 for a celebration of the city’s special spaces and hidden gems. This year’s architectural experiences include a private, Tokyo-style residence that offers insight into the future of urban living, and an award-winning kōhanga reo that is a physical representation of its kaupapa.

 Open Christchurch will begin with a special architectural encounter at the Harewood Crematorium on the evening of Friday 29 April. Then on April 30 and May 1, you can take a look at the elegant floating pavilion of the Ōruapaeroa/Travis Wetlands Information Kiosk, or join  a tour of  Ngāti Wheke Pou Whenua in Ōhinehou/Lyttelton with master carver Caine Tauwhare (Tainui/Ngāi Tahu). These are just a few of the highlights that will appear in the annual one-weekend-only festival of architectural excellence, presented by Te Pūtahi: Centre for Architecture and City-Making. 

 Forty-one buildings of different ages, styles and uses will be open for the public to experience for free, apart from a handful of private residences that require a small booking fee.  Four guided walks explore Ngāi Tahu identity and history in Ōtautahi and Ōhinehou and over 20 activities, such as talks, tours and workshops, round out the programme.

“We are really excited to offer a new selection of the city’s most exceptional works of architecture for people to enjoy this year. From Brooklands to Governors Bay, Belfast to Taylors Mistake, this year Open Christchurch literally takes you all over the city,” says director Jessica Halliday.

Open Christchurch 2022

Te Hohepa Kōhanga Reo is on display this year as part of the event. Project by Bull O’Sullivan Architecture (2020). Image by Sam Hartnett.

 “It’s only because of the generosity and commitment of our building partners that we’re able to have such a diverse programme. We hope people embrace it with the same extraordinary enthusiasm that they did last year.” Event organisers encourage residents and visitors to study the programme and website to create their own itinerary of highlights so that they can discover the city in a new way.

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Published: 06 Apr 2022