THE LOCAL VERSION OF GRAND DESIGNS GOES GLOBAL.
The British version of Grand Designs is a hit, but not many expected the New Zealand edition to find an international audience. But now the UK, Poland, Australia, Scandinavia and more are tuning in to New Zealand architecture through the show. “It’s running in eight or nine countries now,” says the show’s host, Wellington-based architect Chris Moller. “It’s a big surprise.” Grand Designs NZ’s second series is now on TV3, and Moller is relishing his role as a frontman for innovative design thinking. “Our generation grew up believing architecture is a social vehicle,” he says. “I see it in the old-fashioned idea of a public service.”