Museum of Mediterranean History, Reggio Calabria, Italy.
Karl du Fresne says the new head of Te Papa should tear the building down and start again.
I agree. From the outside, Te Papa is not a museum, it’s a mausoleum. One I resent having to see every time I fancy a stroll round Oriental Bay.
Te Papa: museum or mausoleum?
Contrast the above pile of rubble with what three other countries made of similar challenges – the Italian (top) and Dubai (below) examples both museums.
Can you imagine dear old Prince Charles cutting the ribbon on this whale-like structure? He’d probably have taken the scissors to his wrists instead.
But such a nautical theme would go well on the Wellington waterfront. (I do love that smooth disc cladding.)
I remember when the full horror of the Te Papa design was revealed, Gavin Bradley from Saatchis suggested a paua shell roof.
Another brilliant idea killed by the mediocracy.