A global, cosmopolitan city, Auckland is a melting-pot of cultures. Its new theatre, the new ASB Waterfront, welcomes a public hungry for live spoken-word drama. Its shimmering LED-lit heart is clad with a second-skin in glass. The interior is exterior. Form and content become one. Design and acoustics awaken the spectator's eyes and ears. Art for art's sake.
The theatre is the fruit of enlightened reflection. That of the firm Moller Architects, a genuine national pride. Their creativity and know-how have imposed themselves in the four corners of the earth, from China to New Zealand, via Muscat, the capital of Oman.
By offering the Auckland Theatre Company its own home dedicated to teh dramatic arts, the talkative architect Gordon Moller has signed the richest gemstone in the city's cultural heritage.
Hats off to him.
You have helped fashion the urban face of New Zealand. How have you rethought the city, while respecting nature and tradition?
Gordon Moller: I like to give architecture a meaning, so it can reflect New Zealand's natural and urban environment.
I develop a creative process with the client so we can implement architecture that's reactive and evolving. So if buildings improve over time, then the objectives have been met, or even surpassed!
Does the ASB Waterfront Theatre occupy an important place in national culture?
G.M.: A huge place! A lot of drama companies and artistic collectives from all over the country contribute to the cultural scene at the ASB Waterfront Theatre. The idea for this theatre was put together with great enthusiasm by the Auckland Theatre Company, which raised the necessary funds for the construction of the complex that's now their home.
Its curved wall is covered with an installation composed of 10,000 LED lights. It was created by the New York artist Leo Villareal.
On top of the official program, the Auckland Theatre Company also puts on workshops, performances and conferences for theatre-goers.
Gordon Moller, Architect and Director of Moller Architects
The second generation of SOFT time flow mixers, TEMPOSOFT 2, delivers a show-stopping performance finding a home in the current sophisticated decorum of the ASB Waterfront Theatre in Auckland.
Its time flow has an excellent sense of economy.
Here, it takes a leading role above the washbasins.
DELABIE product installed:
TEMPOSOFT 2 time flow basin tap - reference 740500
Photo credits: ASB Waterfront Theatre