Taranaki Street Kiosk

Project Summary

Client: Taranaki Street Kiosk

Project Type: Takeaway Pizzeria And Coffee Shop

Project Timeframe: 2012

Architects: Athfield Architects

Project Description

The NZ Institute of Architects said in its citation: “This project brings a bit of Time Square to Courtenay Place. In successfully reusing a remnant of Wellington’s past, the architects … have provided an architectural marker at the western end of the city’s entertainment precinct and activated the surrounding space.”

The brief had been to re-use the existing old brick toilets, built in 1911, as part of the project. When Wellington City Council had called for expressions of interest in 2001, a spokesman said it was hard to find a use for the site because of its small size, historic status and “a certain slight whiff of dubiousness to the building [in its previous guise]”.

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