Monday, January 12, 2009

Fonterra's building: the new dominating the past

This photo today was a case of the ol' "see something interesting while waiting at traffic lights in a bus, hurriedly grab camera and hope for the best." Didn't do too badly. The red-wrapped architecture is the new Fonterra Building on Princes Street -- and the facade bravely trying to still look good in front of 21st century progress is what is left of the Grand Hotel. An earlier photograph can be seen on the Auckland Art Gallery's site, here. The name Grand Hotel is now applied to part of the Skycity complex, but in days gone by this was a grand old lady indeed.

The Northern Club, to the left and clad in her usual garb of ivy green, is going to be even more overcome by the new arrival, I think. These buildings used to dominate this crest of the rise from Queen and Shortland Streets. No more.

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