Story: Contemporary Māori art – ngā toi hōu

Futuna Chapel

Futuna Chapel

Futuna Chapel in Karori, Wellington, was designed by architect John Scott (Taranaki, Te Arawa). After six years in private practice, Scott was commissioned by the Catholic Society of Mary to design the chapel as a spiritual retreat. It combines structural elements of the Māori meeting house – a central pole, rib-like rafters and low eaves – with traditional church architecture, and reflects the influence of European modernist architects such as Le Corbusier. Futuna Chapel is widely regarded as New Zealand's most significant 20th-century building.

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Jonathan Mane-Wheoki, 'Contemporary Māori art – ngā toi hōu - New developments in contemporary art', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 December 2023)

Story by Jonathan Mane-Wheoki, published 22 Oct 2014