The Auckland Art Gallery (Auckland, New Zealand) has recently re-opened, after having undergone three years and one million man hours of work in a $121 million development project. The refurbished design is the result of collaboration between architects at Sydney-based FJMT (Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp), and Archimedia, an award-winning Auckland based architecture practice.
Their vision has been to create a vibrant new space that cleverly integrates the gallery, park, and surrounding streets. The heritage buildings and the organic beauty of Albert Park were a source of inspiration for the gallery's design. Overhanging Pohutukawa trees influenced the look of the gallery roof, which is similarly curved in a series of tree-like canopies. New landscaped terraces and paved platforms flow seemlessly to connect the surrounding park and streets.
Aucklanders and visitors can now explore this world-class public art gallery and view the huge collection. The gallery holds more than 15,000 works in total, including the largest collection of New Zealand art in the world. Many new commissions have been made in preparation for the re-opening, and American philanthropists Julian and Josie Robertson have donated 15 European masterworks to the collection - the biggest gift ever made to an australasian art gallery.