Further initial thoughts, HOK Sports Architects

One of the main things that has bothered me about this whole process is, with such a large amount of money going into this project, why isn’t this being thrown open to an international design competition.

Internationally this isn’t small change, and the alure and qudos of such a project in NZ would attract many a great local and international architect, god knows we’ve all scribbled on a napkin at some stage and called it a house.

This isn’t some backwater knock-up, this is a big-time soon to be world class construction project, and for HOK to be driving this thing just seems too dammed limiting. One could only imagine what Warren and Mahoney, Lord Foster or even our very own Mason and Wales would have come up with it the oportunity arose.

This could be the biggest disappointment of the whole project. The blank canvas was already scribbled on, and that’s not a good starting point. Sure we could draw pretty pictures till the cows came home, but this isn’t a Stadium NZ “you have 2 weeks to approve the design” affair (dammed fine designs they were too – wanna share).

Having built a house from scratch I appreciate that there are “known’s and unknowns”, the old “how long is a piece of string” scenario. How much can we spend = how much will it cost = how much can we spend. We really chased our tail over this one.

But now we know a budget, lets throw this baby open to the blank canvases and drafting tables of the world and see what Bilbao or Allianz or Beijing Water Cube + 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 , are proposed.

Not that I have any problems with HOK Sports Architects, thank god they didn’t give us Minute Maid Park , (bugger me they designed this monstrosity). But I also can’t see the likes of Westpac Trust in wgtn being anything close to sympathetic to the location and needs of our stadium.

Just some initial thoughts

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