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John Coop

Connect locally, inspire globally

Architecture

Connect locally, inspire globally

We live in a world where architectural (and all) imagery is ubiquitous. An image of a new building in New York screen-grabbed online on Monday can influence a design brief for a project in Wellington, New Zealand on Tuesday. How do we ensure that we counter this homogenisation in our highly connected world? A valid response is to promote the appreciation and understanding of identity, and how it can be translated into built form to lend our work meaning and integrity.

Corporate art gets a bit of a bad rap. Yet this is changing. A significant refurbishment and addition to the ANZ foyer in central Auckland designed by Warren and Mahoney has positioned art within the architecture in a way that will change perceptions of what corporate art and architecture can be.