A New Zealand-designed building for a Chinese fashion house is making waves across the globe.
Welcome to the wonderful world of Architecture van Brandenburg.
The Dunedin and Queenstown-based team has been working on the project since 2007, when Fred van Brandenburg was approached to design a new headquarters for Marisfrolg.
That design, heavily influenced by Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi, is taking shape in Shenzhen, China.
When it is completed the 120,000-square metre building will include a 50-room boutique hotel, a solarium, bars and cafes, a 36-metre tower, a 12,500sqm catwalk, rooftop garden and 200 car parks.
van Brandenburg’s son and fellow architect, Damien, said at its peak there were more than 1200 workers on the project.
The same number would be used again when a complex series of large steel components are installed in six months’ time.
The small New Zealand team visited the project every six weeks, and it was a “fantastic feeling” to watch the progress on the building. […]