Story: Public, commercial and church architecture

Former Wanganui Departmental Building

Former Wanganui Departmental Building

This is a view across the former Wanganui Departmental Building. Designed by the architectural division of the Ministry of Works and opened in 1979, its brutalist design was indeed brutal, the building resembling a prison more than an office block. The planting of vegetation helped to soften its hard forms. In 2014 the building was occupied by a polytechnic.

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Ben Schrader, 'Public, commercial and church architecture - New directions, 1970 to 2000s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 July 2024)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 22 Oct 2014