Story: Public, commercial and church architecture

Massey House, Wellington

Massey House, Wellington

Wellington's Massey House is pictured nearing completion in 1957. Designed by the Austrian émigré Ernst Plischke and local architect Cedric Firth, it was New Zealand's first glass curtain-wall office building. The building highlights the simple forms of the modernist style. The use of pilotis (thin pillars) and the sculptural rooftop machinery room references the work of the great modernist architect Le Corbusier. The view is unusual in showing the lightwell and windowed northern side of the building – now hidden by another office block. Firth later extended the building to the south. 

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Evening Post Collection (PAColl-0614)
Reference: EP/1957/3792-F

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Ben Schrader, 'Public, commercial and church architecture - Modernism, 1930 to 1970', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 February 2024)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 22 Oct 2014