It sounds a little humorous initially, but the impending ‘Tower of Mordor’ as locals have referred to it will in fact be a part of the Waterview motorway project. Rising ominously from the tarmac, the community has concerns over the disguised ventilation tower to be constructed near a kindergarten.
The architects plans are for a 25 metre high urban tower, featuring rusty coloured organic leaf patterns in thick metal. There will also be new industrial building constructed at a similar time to the tower – which will be right next to a kindergarten and a primary school. Obviously the parents and community have some reservations about this proposal. Designed in part by architect David Gibbs, he has acknowledged that the tower has the potential to dominate the landscape. He proposes instead for it to look like a large-scale piece of sculpture. The tower will also consist of a building surrounding it, similarly decorated with organic and earthy motifs.
The head of the Waterview Primary School board, Ms Watson, has said that the Transport Agency are not listening to their concerns about ventilation. They would like the ventilation pipe to be moved to the other side of Great North Road. You can read more on this important community issue by clicking on the New Zealand Herald’s website.
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