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Client:
Wellington Museums Trust

Project:
Museum of Wellington City & Sea

Site:
Queens Wharf Wellington, New Zealand

Client Brief:
To redevelop a 1895 Bond Store on the Wellington Wharf into a viable museum.

Project Detail:
The building required extensive upgrading to meet compliance codes and earthquake protection standards. A base isolation system was installed and the structure strengthened. The result is a hybrid, powerful tourist attraction as well as a high quality social history museum.

Overview:
The interior was stripped back to its original raw form, and a section of the three floors cut away to provide vertical access and orientation. The integrity of the original interior and storage bay grid has been maintained with interpretive spaces opening from a central circulation space. Each floor has a different theme and style - Introduction to Wellington, Maritime History and Wellington in 1900. A number of high impact audio visual and special effects presentations including a three storey high, vertically proportioned film projected onto a wall of the stair well, off-set more traditional displays.

Capital Project Cost: $13.5M - Fitout cost $3.8M

Visitation: 100,000 a year

Contract: Principal Contractor - Hewitt Pender New Zealand


Project Director
Michael Pender

Design Director
Tom Hewitt

Graphics
Ian Hewitt

Set Piece
Brian Hocking

Display Design
Fiona Young

Interpretation
Diana Morrow

Audio Visual
Montage Multimedia and The Shirley Spectra


 

 
 
 

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