Andy Spain

The Welling­ton­based pho­tog­ra­pher took his fam­ily to Kāpiti for the day when he pho­tographed a hol­i­day home by John Mel­huish (p.82).

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You’ve been in NZ for a cou­ple of years. What were you do­ing be­fore that? I lived just out­side of London and worked with ar­chi­tects and de­sign agen­cies pho­tograph­ing build­ings and views of the city. Met a Kiwi girl, and the rest is his­tory.

What strikes you about ar­chi­tec­ture here? Be­ing in Welling­ton, the first thing that strikes me is that there is less of it (I’ve just been back to London and can’t be­lieve how much has gone up in two years), but so much of Welling­ton’s ar­chi­tec­ture is un­der-ap­pre­ci­ated. I’m do­ing a per­sonal project to pho­to­graph the 300 or so earth­quake-prone build­ings and there are some real gems about.

What do you like about the Peka Peka house you shot? There are very few spa­ces that you walk into and get an im­me­di­ate sense of calm. The build­ing fits into the space so well with the trees and banks mak­ing you feel se­cluded and com­forted, as though it has been there for­ever. Sim­ple, sub­tle and el­e­gant ar­chi­tec­ture like this is hard to cre­ate.

Plans for es­cape this sum­mer? Beach and fam­ily, prob­a­bly north.

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