Look closely at the picture above. What do you think? What kind of building do you think it is?Take a few moments to guess..........
Right. Now, would you believe me if I tell you that the building is The New Supreme Court Complex in Wellington, New Zealand? Yup, that's the new building which was officially opened on 18th January 2010 (just few days ago) by HRH Prince William.
From my humble view, I would say it's an interesting design but......(I'm not going to tell the rest here).
"Breathtaking inside," he says.
"No, the inside."
What about the outside?
"Well, art is in the eye of the beholder," says Mr Key. "Look, it's okay, but I prefer the inside. (www.3news.co.nz)
Yes, the inside of this building is better but I can't find any photos in GOOGLE to paste them here. huhu. I saw the inside of this building from TV3 news (oh ye kat sini pun ada TV1, TV2 and TV3) when it was officialy opened by Prince William. When I googled about the news, they published more photos of Prince William than the building itself!
Opppss, I think I better paste some explanation about the design here to make us understand more why did the architects; Warren and Mahoney came out with the design.
The rich cultural history of New Zealand and its natural beauty were the inspiration for the new Supreme Court building, which was designed by architects Warren and Mahoney.
At the centre of the building is the courtroom. It is designed to be visible from the street, symbolising the idea of transparent and open justice. Its exterior is made from copper and the interior features panels of silver beech, which together form a diamond pattern that was inspired by the kauri cone.
A bronze screen envelops the exterior of the new building. The forms were inspired by the intertwining of rata and pohutukawa trees. Red cut glass is set behind the bronze, representing the berries and flowers of both trees.
Now we've understand what's the inspirations behind the design. This is a building that used about $80.7 million and it's going to stay for another 100 years. Kiwis can have their say about the building but it's not going to change the fact that it is their New Supreme Court. I guess this is what happen with the modern art design compared to the classical design. Hmmmmm...........